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Published September 05, 2012, 08:48 AM

Bismarck man accused of apartment fire

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is accused of intentionally starting a fire in his apartment.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is accused of intentionally starting a fire in his apartment.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 58-year-old Elza Maloy was charged Tuesday with endangering by fire or explosion.

Police says officers were called to assist at a fire Monday night. Witnesses told police that Maloy was burning paper and tin foil in a black cooking pot.

Police say Maloy admitted to starting approximately 15 fires in his apartment in the past year.

Maloy told police he burns paper and other items in his apartment to mask odor coming from outside his apartment.

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