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Man accused of setting apartment on fire with people sleeping inside faces Broward judge

A Pompano Beach man accused in an arson case faced a judge on Wednesday.
A Pompano Beach man accused in an arson case faced a judge on Wednesday.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Pompano Beach man accused in an arson case faced a judge on Wednesday.

Obed Ordonez, 20, is facing several charges, including two counts of attempted murder, arson, aggravated animal abuse and grand theft.

Ordonez allegedly set an apartment in Hollywood on fire while two people were sleeping inside.

The incident happened around 4:15 a.m. July 22 in the 200 block of Berkley Road.

Police said the residents inside were not hurt, though firefighters found their puppy dead inside the home while they were extinguishing the flames.

Two officers who were helping evacuate the surrounding apartments had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Ordonez is being held in jail without bond. A motive for the arson attack is unclear.


About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.