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Man set ablaze in Minnesota home; landlord arrested in St. Louis County

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A man was set on fire in a home in Andover, Minn., and critically burned, and the victim’s landlord and roommate at the house was arrested hours later many miles to the north in St. Louis County, authorities said Wednesday.

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Sheriff’s deputies found the victim about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday with “severe burns” at a home in the 1300 block of 137th Lane NW, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was at Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition with burns over 80 percent of his body.

The suspect, a 29-year-old man, fled in a vehicle but was tracked down and booked into the St. Louis County jail, the Sheriff’s Office added.

Authorities have yet to explain what prompted the conflict but described it as a dispute between a landlord and a tenant.

“The victim had allegedly been doused with an accelerant and purposely set on fire,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Earlier Tuesday, deputies went to the home concerning a dispute between the two, but left once the parties agreed “to separate for the evening,” the Sheriff’s Office added.

A statewide crime alert was issued for the suspect, who was believed to have access to a cabin near Orr. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office caught up on the man on the road and took him into custody without incident. He had minor burns on his face, authorities said.

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