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Posted on: March 4, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Monroe St. Fire

On March 4 at 12:46 am, the Stevens Point Police Department and the Stevens Point / Metro Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 1900 Monroe Street.

Officers arrived on scene a short time later and evacuated two people from separate apartments. Officers were told that four people lived in four separate apartments within the house. A third resident was located staying at a friends house but the fourth resident could not be located within the house.

At 2:51 am, the fourth resident of the house was located in the 200 block of Division St. where he approached officers to turn himself in for starting the fire. He told officers that he poured gasoline all over his apartment and lit it on fire and left the apartment.

The Suspect was identified as Roy T. Strait (born 04-08-1974). He was booked into the Portage County Jail on Arson charges.

Investigation is ongoing. The extent of damage is unknown at this time but appeared to be extensive.

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