Monroe police are investigating a suspected case of arson Friday that has taken the life of a puppy. On Friday night, the Monroe Public Safety Dept. and the Monroe Fire Dept. responded to the 200 block of W. Willow St. on a report of possible arson at a duplex.
Upon arrival, one of the apartments was discovered to be on fire and was eventually extinguished by the Monroe Fire Department, the Monroe Public Safety Dept., and the Frenchtown Fire Dept.
The initial investigation revealed that a suspect was observed leaving the apartment minutes before the fire was located. The apartment that caught fire was unoccupied at the time, however, a Husky puppy in the apartment died as a result of the fire.
The adjoining apartment was also occupied by a female and her two children, who were able to exit the structure to safety without any injuries.
The suspect who was observed leaving the residence just prior to the fire was later located by member of the MPD Vice Unit and arrested.
The 25 year old suspect was eventually lodged at the MCSD Jail on charges of Home Invasion. Further charges are expected as the investigation into this matter has been turned over to the Monroe Police Department's Detective Bureau and the Arson Investigation Team.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call Det. Gee at (734)243-7526 or D/Sgt. Lindsay at (734) 243-7518.