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Updated Oct 29, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Arrest made in Phoenix grocery store arson

PHOENIX -- A boy was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of setting fire to a Phoenix grocery store, the Phoenix Fire Department said.

The suspect is under 18 and has not been identified.

The fire was set about 10 p.m. at the Fry's Food Store near 32nd Street and Thomas Road.

"It was quickly brought under control, not only by the sprinkler system inside the building, which we supported, but also the fire crews actually being there, being able to snuff it out," said Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Jonathan Jacobs.

Phoenix Fire said it received tips on the suspect from Silent Witness. Calls began coming in during early Tuesday morning.

"That really helped investigators quite a bit and pushed them towards finding these people and interviewing them and being able to make an arrest," said Jacobs, adding the department is not investigating anyone else.

Jacobs said the department was concerned because of the audacity of the crime and wanted to wrap the case up quickly.

The suspect, along with two other people who were involved with the crime, could face additional charges. The other two people are not being charged with arson.

Jacobs said the grocery store was cleaned and reopened.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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