Lincoln Man Cited For Igniting Apartment Complex Fire

A 45 year old Lincoln man has been cited for starting a fire at his apartment complex near 21st and J Street Saturday night. 

Richard Murray told investigators he took a rug to the balcony and burnt the frayed edges to stop the rug from shedding. He set the rug down and went back inside.

A few minutes later, he discovered the balcony was on fire and the complex was engulfed a short time later. The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to the structure. Murray was cited for negligent burning.

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