Man charged with murder in Chicago fire that killed 4

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CHICAGO (AP) _ A man has been charged with murder in a Chicago apartment building fire that killed an infant, two other children and a man.

Police say in a statement that 51-year-old Reginald Hester faces four counts of first-degree murder and two counts of arson. He’s scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a bond hearing, a day after he was arrested. It wasn’t known whether he had a lawyer.

Hester’s family has denied he had anything to do with the fire.

Police said after the Aug. 23 fire that it appeared to have been deliberately set by someone after a domestic dispute.

Three children ages 3 months, 4 and 7 died in the fire along with a 56-year-old man. The Chicago Tribune reports Hester was earlier questioned in the case and released.