(WWJ) Sterling Heights fire investigators say the cause of a deadly early morning fire that killed a 17-year-old boy appears to have been intentionally set.

A 20-year-old man, who authorities say is the victim’s brother, is now in police custody.

“Investigators at the scene, along with officers that had responded to the scene, received information via some physical evidence,” Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Sarvello told WWJ’s Mike Campbell, “and from there were able to make a probable cause arrest for the crime of arson.”

The teen was trapped on the second floor of the home on Bloomingdale Street near 19 Mile and Ryan when the fire broke out around 3 a.m. Friday, police said. The blaze was out by around 5 a.m.

The victim’s mother and father suffered smoke inhalation, but were able to escape. Two other children in the house were not seriously hurt, but were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Police, who are not disclosing possible motive at this time, say more information is expected to come out at an arraignment, likely to to be scheduled for Monday.

No names have been released.


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