Mother, Daughter Escape After Son Allegedly Sets Hyde Park Apartment on Fire

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A woman and her daughter escaped a house fire on Sunday morning after her son allegedly set blaze to their Hyde Park bungalow apartment, according to officials.

Los Angeles firefighters and police responded to a fire in the 6100 block of 11th Avenue around 12:40 a.m. There, they found a row of bungalow style apartments on fire with one unit fully involved.

Daisy Santos, a resident in the apartment, told KTLA her brother broke into the home with a gallon of gas and set the residence on fire.

Benito Borja, 35, has been identified as the suspect, according to Los Angeles arson investigators.

Borja allegedly told Santos and their mother he wanted to kill them because the devil told him to. He has reportedly been struggling with drug abuse, according to Santos.

Santos was able to escape along with her mother and their dog. The mother was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, officials said.

Borja allegedly fled the scene but later returned to the residence with more gasoline, according to witnesses. He was arrested later that night after a scuffle with neighbors.

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