Minn. Apartment Resident Charged in Deadly Fire

Created: 02/04/2013 4:16 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

A Redwood Falls man is charged with murder and arson after a fire last month killed a 72-year-old man living in his apartment building.

Forty-eight-year-old Peter William Warren appeared in court Monday on charges of second- and third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and 10 counts of first-degree arson.

KLGR-AM reports Redwood Falls police and fire departments were called to a fire at the Lakeside Manor Apartment building on Jan. 24. Crews found Gene Gilland unresponsive in his apartment. He was taken to a hospital but died from fire-related causes.

Redwood County Attorney Steven Collins says authorities believe Warren started the fire in a closet in the building's dining room.  The motive is unclear.

The fire displaced all 52 residents of the building.

Unconditional bail is set at $1.5 million.

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