GOLDEN GATE — Regino Torres was sleeping inside his Golden Gate apartment Tuesday afternoon when he awoke to his brother knocking on the door.
Fuego, fuego, fuego.
Torres grabbed a case of his important documents, threw a pair of pants on over his pajamas and ran downstairs. His was one of eight families displaced by the flames, which authorities say were intentionally started by a resident of the complex.
The fire started about 3:05 p.m. in a unit of building 4531 of the Coral Palms Apartments on Coral Palms Lane. Two buildings were evacuated, but no one was injured, said Dean Anderson, Golden Gate fire battalion chief.
Investigators said the fire was intentionally set by the man who lived in the burnt unit, 37-year-old Francis Murphy. He was arrested Tuesday night and taken to the Naples Jail Center to face a felony charge of arson, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Krista Williamson said.
The reason Murphy set his second-story apartment on fire was not immediately clear Tuesday night. Anderson said the fire began in a bedroom, although other renters said there was talk of the fire starting on a sofa.
The East Naples and North Naples fire departments, as well as Collier County Emergency Medical Services, assisted Golden Gate on scene.
Although the fire was contained to one unit, adjacent apartments had water and smoke damage, Anderson said. The Red Cross will help residents of the building’s eight units, who won’t be allowed to stay there in the immediate future.
A woman who identified herself as the property manager declined to comment about any accommodations to be made for the renters.