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Boonville man charged with arson in apartment building fire

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BOONVILLE — Authorities say they’ve charged a 34-year-old man with starting a fire last week that destroyed the apartment building where he lived and displaced more than two dozen people.

Boonville police said David Geer was arrested Monday and charged with arson.

Officials said Mr. Geer used a cigarette to set fire to a mattress in his apartment early last Thursday morning, then prevented his neighbors from entering to extinguish the flames.

The fire destroyed the more than 100-year-old building and damaged an adjoining building housing more apartments. None of the 29 tenants in the two buildings was injured.

Mr. Geer was released after posting $5,000 bail.

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