Man Arrested on Suspicion of Murder, Arson in Fatal West Hollywood Fire

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and arson in connection with a fatal structure fire in West Hollywood last week, police said Friday.

A three-alarm blaze broke out at a homeless encampment in West Hollywood on May 20, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

A three-alarm blaze broke out at a homeless encampment in West Hollywood on May 20, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

Eric Young was found in full cardiac arrest when firefighters responded to a blaze at a two-story commercial building in the 9000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard (map) on May 20.

Young was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he later died.

The building, which was scheduled for demolition, had apparently become a homeless encampment prior to the fire, officials said.

Andrew Clark, 35, was arrested Thursday night and booked on suspicion of murder in Young’s death and arson, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Clark was being held on $1,250,000 bail, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

No further information on Clark’s arrest was immediately available.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).