Man Goes Into Rage, Sets Fire to Abandoned Building: Cops

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    Waterbury Police
    A man went into a rage over changes to an abandoned building he had been living in, according to police.

    Waterbury police arrested a man who is suspected of setting fire to an abandoned factory he had been staying in because he was angry over changes to it.

    The fire happened on Tuesday in an abandoned factory on West Main Street, police said. Among the causes of concern for emergency officials were the drums of chemicals inside.

    Police took Monserrate Torres, 50, into custody on Tuesday night.

    Police said he had lived in the building, but had not been there because he had been arrested on an unrelated charge, the Waterbury Republican-American reports.

    On Tuesday, Torres returned to the building and went into a rage over changes to the building, which had smashed windows and missing doors, according to the newspaper.

    Torres tried to set fire to a drum of chemicals, but a witness was able to put them out, according to police.

    Then, Torres set fire to a tarp and garbage in a room in the factory, the Republican-American reports. Firefighters were able to put it out.

    Officials found Torres later in the day, when he returned to the building later in the day.

    Torres was charged with second-degree arson, according to court records and held on a $75,000 bond.

    He is due back in court on May 1.

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