CHICAGO (CBS) — An 80-year-old man is facing arson charges, accused of setting a fire in his apartment in northwest suburban Arlington Heights, damaging several other units in the building last week.
Arlington Heights Police said Paul Strusiner is charged with aggravated arson in the fire at his apartment building at 400 W. Rand Rd. on Friday. He is due to appear for a bond hearing on Tuesday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Snow Totals From Lake Effect Snowstorm
Police said he admitted to intentionally setting a fire in his apartment, which spread to several other units, and sent dozens of families out into the freezing cold just after midnight on Friday.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Added To Lawsuit Over Removal Of Christopher Columbus Statue In Little Italy
The entire 96-unit apartment building was evacuated as firefighters from several departments worked to extinguish the fire.
No injuries were reported, but six units were seriously damaged by the fire and remained uninhabitable as of Monday, including Strusiner’s apartment, according to police. Residents in the other units were allowed to return home after the fire.MORE NEWS: Illinois DCFS Director Marc Smith On Hot Seat Before State Lawmakers Over Lack Of Beds And Foster Homes For Kids, Other Issues
Strusiner was arrested after admitting to police that he set the fire, and has been hospitalized ever since for medical treatment not related to the fire.