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Murder, arson charges dismissed in fatal Bethel apartment complex fire

KYUK Bethel apartment fire

This story originally appeared on KYUK and is republished here with permission.

All charges have been dropped against Adam Andrew, the person originally charged in the fire that killed three people at the Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority apartment complex in Bethel last week.

Andrew had been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson. He faced an additional seven felony and six misdemeanor charges. According to court documents, Bethel Police Department Investigator Skyler Smith had testimony from just one eyewitness: a 15-year-old who said that he saw Andrew start the fire on Aug. 12 at around 4 a.m.

The prosecutor for the case, Chris Knowles, would not say whether the fire was being investigated as arson or whether they were looking at other causes. However, he did say there is still an active investigation and that the Bethel Police Department is still investigating all leads.

The Bethel Police Department supervising officer and investigator were not available for comment.

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