Police make arrest in fatal Bensonhurst fire

A suspect in a fire that killed five people in Bensonhurst over the weekend told investigators he was drunk when he set the blaze, a

BENSONHURST - A suspect in a fire that killed five people in Bensonhurst over the weekend told investigators he was drunk when he set the blaze, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Police say the man, Daniel Ignacio, 27, lives in the building where the fire was set. Ignacio has been charged with arson and five counts of murder. Four men and a woman, all Guatemalan immigrants, were killed Saturday.

Luisa Chan, the only victim identified so far, and her husband, Miguel, who escaped, tried to lower their 2-month-old daughter, Maria, out of a window in a car seat, but the baby fell out and suffered a fractured skull. She remains in critical condition but doctors say she did not suffer brain damage.

Investigators say fire escapes were blocked and the building's windows were the only way out.

AP wire services were used in this report.

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