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Three Men Charged With Arson, Murder In Duplin Fire

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WARSAW, N.C. — Three men have been arrestedand charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts offirst-degree arson in connection with a fatal fire Sunday night in Warsaw.

Three people died in the fire that consumed La Tapatia Mexican Tiendaand the apartments above it late Sunday night.

Officials say that the fire broke out about 10:30 p.m. night, with15 people inside at the time.

A man, a woman and a 7-year-old boy were killed in the fire. Elevenpeople were injured, and three are still hospitalized. Many injuries werecaused by people jumping from second-story windows to escape flames.

Jose Orosco had to jump from a window to survive the fire, but he lostthree friends.

Officers think that a domestic dispute may havebeen the motive behind the fire, but won't know for certain until more isknown about the suspects.

On the day after the fire, Front Street in Warsaw is still smoldering.

Vera Murphy witnessed the start of the fire, and was able to helpfirefighters piece together what happened very quickly.

Hiram Brinson, Duplin County Fire Marshall, explained that officers didthe best they could to go into the building and make sure everyone got outalive, but were unable to get to everyone due to the heat of the fire.

Mark Robertsreporting.

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