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Man charged with setting fire at St. Louis high-rise apartment building

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(KMOV.com) --  A 49-year-old St. Louis man has been charged in connection with a fire that broke out in a St. Louis high rise apartment building.

Today, Michael Grimes, from the 3900 block of Cleveland, was charged with 1st degree arson after police say he intentionally set a fire that put a number of people's lives in danger.

The fire broke out on Thursday around 10:20 p.m. in the 3800 block of Lindell.  Authorities said the apartment building is approximately eight stories tall and has a large occupancy.

Officials said Grimes set the fire intentionally after an argument broke out between one of the building's residents and Grimes. Officials said the fire was contained to a first floor apartment.  That apartment sustained heavy damage.  First responders reported thick smoke on lower floors and in the stairwells when they arrived.

Firefighters went door to door to make sure everyone made it out safely.  Authorities said at least three people had to be rescued from an upper floor.  One person was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation.  That person is listed in stable condition.

Captain Sutter said all occupants have been allowed back into the building. 

Grimes is now facing a laundry list of felony charges including: 1st degree arson, 1st and 2nd degree burglary and 1st degree property damage.  He also faces a misdemeanor charge of 3rd degree assault for kicking out a window.

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