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Deputies: Man Hits Grandmother, Sets Duplex on Fire

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Firefighters had to spend much of Wednesday evening trying to mop up what Sacramento county sheriff’s deputies say was an attack and then a fire at a Rosemont duplex on Birchgrove Way.

According to investigators 24-year -old Donald Evans hit his grandmother and then set the home they shared on fire.

Marilee  Lopez and Larry Romero, the neighbors on the  other side of the duplex, say they’ve lost everything in this incident.

They say  they’re also very confused by what investigators say their young neighbor did.

“They had cuffed him. He was kicking and fighting all the way. From there, it was just total havoc,” said Romero.

Evans wasn’t a troublemaker according to Romero, who’s lived in the duplex for four years.

rosemont duplex fire

Photo Courtesy: Anthony Ramos

“He was planning on going to college next month, living with his grandmother,” said Romero.

“He was going to business school,” said Lopez.

Crews say the fire in Rosemont did extensive damage to the duplex.

Now, they’re trying to help the grandmother who survived the attack and fire start a new future.

“We try to bring their personal belongings out and put them in a safe place so they might be able to recover some of that and have some of the memories that may have been lost,” said Ron Denny with battalion chief with Sac Metro Fire.

Family members at the scene Wednesday did not want to comment on what happened here.

Investigators say Donald Evans has been booked into the Sacramento county jail on several charges including arson and elder abuse.

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