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Man arrested over fire that killed his family

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland said Friday they have arrested a man on suspicion he set a fire at his house that killed his wife and four of the couple's five children. They suspect he wanted the insurance money.

Michal Szulczynski, spokesman for prosecutors in Gliwice, in southern Poland, said that text message threats that the man said he was receiving were sent from one of his own mobile phones. His phones connected to the network close to the burning house, contrary to the man's claim that he was at his furniture workshop.

The man, identified only as Dariusz P., could face life in prison if convicted on the murder charges. Talking this month to TVN24 calm and relaxed, the man said he insured his wife's life weeks before the fire. He denied having anything to do with the fire and said his conscience was clear.

His wife and the children aged between 4 and 18 died in May, trapped in the burning house as all the window shutters were closed and fastened. There was no sign of a break-in. Firefighters saved one teenage son from the only unshuttered window, in the attic.

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