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Tampa man accused in Christmas morning fire at girlfriend's mom's apartment

TAMPA — A man was arrested Monday after investigators blamed him for starting a fire at his girlfriend's mother's Meridian Point Apartment home Christmas morning.

Fire officials say William J. Boone, 37, confessed to breaking into the apartment of 48-year-old Vanveline Campaz, mother of his 27-year-old girlfriend Valencia Fells, and starting a fire at 5:20 a.m. while Campaz was not home.

The blaze, which originated in unit 905, prompted 22 residents to evacuate from the three-story, 24-unit building at 2450 E Hillsborough Ave.

The fire was under control in 20 minutes and no one was injured, but the flames, smoke and water from the sprinkler system caused about $70,000 in damage, fire officials said.

After two days of questioning witnesses and associates of Campaz, investigators arrested Boone. He was charged with burglary, arson and grand theft.

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