Man arrested after deadly Indiana apartment fire

An Evansville firefighter uses a ladder to try to quickly access the second floor of a burning apartment on W. Franklin Street near the N. Baker Avenue intersection in Evansville, Ind., Monday, March 17, 2014. Three people died and eight others were injured in the fire, which authorities are investigating as a possible arson. (AP Photo/The Evansville Courier and Press-Jason Clark)
An Evansville firefighter uses a ladder to try to quickly access the second floor of a burning apartment on W. Franklin Street near the N. Baker Avenue intersection in Evansville, Ind., Monday, March 17, 2014. Three people died and eight others were injured in the fire, which authorities are investigating as a possible arson. (AP Photo/The Evansville Courier and Press-Jason Clark)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A man has been arrested on murder and arson charges following a fire at an Evansville apartment building that left at least three people dead, police said Tuesday.

Officers “were given information that implicated” Christopher Compton, 31, shortly after officers arrived at the scene of the blaze Monday afternoon, and he was arrested after being interviewed by detectives, the Evansville Police Department said in a statement.

Compton was being held without bond at the Vanderburgh County Jail. Police said no other arrests were expected.

Firefighters found three bodies in an upstairs apartment in the two-story building, the police statement said. No information has been released about them and a full police report won’t be released until the victims’ families have been notified.

Autopsies were to be performed Tuesday.

Four people were able to jump from a second-story window to escape the blaze, and three of them were hospitalized, police said. Two of the injured were airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, Evansville Chief Fire Marshal Dan Grimm said.

Grimm said four firefighters suffered minor injuries in the fire.

“The fire was very hot and moved very fast,” Grimm told The Associated Press.

An initial court date for Compton has not been set, and it was not clear whether he has an attorney.

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