Man accused of starting house fire in Cedar Crest, making threats

New Mexico

CEDAR CREST, N.M. (KRQE) – Investigators say Wednesday night’s fire that destroyed a Cedar Crest home was arson. They say it started in the attic of the home on Ponderosa Drive.

Though firefighters kept the flames from spreading to the nearby trees and brush, the home was a complete loss. Firefighters say when they arrived the owner’s son, 34-year-old Frederick Song, came out of the house armed with a 9-inch kitchen knife and got aggressive with firefighters.

They say he then admitted to starting the fire and said he wanted to kill his father. Deputies were able to detain him. He’s charged with arson and assault on a healthcare worker.

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