Man accused of setting Hialeah home on fire after being evicted

Bret Berlant. (Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation)

HIALEAH, Fla. – On Wednesday morning, Bret Berlant was arrested after setting a home on fire after being evicted, authorities said.

On June 15, a fire was reported at 6045 W. 10th Ave., in Hialeah. After paramedics arrived at the scene, officers conducted a search of the area through video surveillance.

The video surveillance depicted a male and female riding up to the property and fleeing shortly afterwards. Smoke could be seen coming from the property and vehicles nearby.

Berlant and roommate Jennifer Thompson were evicted back in June for not paying the rent, according to their former landlord.

According to the landlord, Thompson had said that she would “burn down the home if she was evicted.”

Berlant was spotted by a U.S. Fire Marshall and was later taken into custody by the Hialeah Police Department.

Officials are still searching for Thompson.

According to his arrest report, Berlant faces a charge of first-degree arson.

His bond is set at $10,000.

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