Man arrested on suspicion of setting fire that killed wife

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SAN DIEGO — An Oceanside man hospitalized since a fire gutted his mobile home and killed his wife six weeks ago was arrested Thursday on suspicion of arson and murder, police reported.

Andrew Hollis, 63, has been recovering at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego since the Feb. 22 blaze in the 4600 block of River Road, according to Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Cosby.

About 6 p.m. that day, flames engulfed the trailer in which Hollis and his 74-year-old spouse lived, Cosby said. Emergency crews arrived to find the husband outside the burning structure, suffering from extensive burns and smoke inhalation. Firefighters discovered Gertrude Hollis dead in the charred rubble of their home.

Investigators with the Oceanside police and fire departments and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that the blaze had been intentionally set and that Andrew Hollis was allegedly responsible, the lieutenant said.

Officials did not disclose the means by which the fire was ignited.

It was unclear when the suspect might be released from the hospital.

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