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Detroit Man Charged In Fatal Arson Fire on Brace Street

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Dmarco Latham, 24 (DOB: 05/17/1995), of Detroit, in connection with an arson fire that killed a 31-year-old woman and her two-year-old girl. On October 8, 2019 at 7:38 p.m., the Detroit Fire Department was called to fire at an apartment building located in the 9540 block of Brace Street in Detroit. A male tenant in the building smelled burning, observed clothing on fire on the burners of the stove and fire in the apartment. He alerted other tenants in the building in an effort to evacuate the building.

On the evening of October 8, 2019, it is alleged that Defendant Latham intentionally set the fire in the apartment due to ongoing issues he had with the mother of his children, who was a resident in the building. The mother and her children were not present in the building at the time of the fire. A 31-year-old woman and her two-year-old daughter who lived in an upper apartment were killed in the fire. They were both taken to a local hospital and pronounced deceased. Her eight-year-old boy survived, but sustained injures that were treated at a local hospital. A 30-year-old woman also injured in the fire and was treated at the scene by medics.

Latham has been charged with two counts of Felony Murder, three counts of First Degree Arson, and two counts of Arson - Preparation to Burn. He was arraigned this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Bari Blake Wood. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for October 25, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for November 1, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Ronald Giles in 36th District Court. The defendant was remanded to jail. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.