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Man facing arson charges following Butte apartment fire

Roy Edward Smith
Posted at 11:15 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 13:15:10-05

BUTTE — A man has been charged in connection with a Monday evening fire at an apartment building in Butte.

Butte police arrested 60-year-old Roy Edward Smith on two counts of felony arson in connection with a fire that occurred on the fourth floor of the Mueller Apartment building on West Granite Street.

Smith is accused of starting a fire in the building at about 8:45 p.m. that filled the building with heavy smoke and forced an evacuation. Police had to rescue a man from the fourth floor who was overcome by the smoke.

The victim was hospitalized.

Smith was taken into custody Monday evening as a person of interest in the fire. He remains jailed Wednesday.