The Middletown Fire Task Force investigated the fire, and after interviews, arrested Bell near Franklin Twp., said Lt. Jimmy Cunningham. Bell was with his girlfriend, and she isn’t facing charges at this time, Cunningham said.
A 3-year-old girl living in the apartment wasn’t at home when the fire started, Cunningham said.
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The building is owned by Central Club LLC. Carl North, president of the organization, said the Alcoholic Anonymous meets there at noon every day and at night three times a week. The meetings will have to be moved if the building can’t be repaired, he said.
The Middletown Fire Department responded to the apartment at 5 a.m. and saw flames coming from the second floor, said Fire Chief Paul Lolli. He said firefighters searched for anyone in the apartment and no one was found. He said the fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes. There were no injuries, he said.
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