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Mar 20, 2013 8:43 AM by AP

Man arrested in fatal house fire

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - A 44-year-old Pineville man has been arrested in Monday's house fire in Wardville where a body was found in the rubble.

The Town Talk reports John Richard Purvis was arrested Tuesday.

Purvis was booked with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated arson and two counts of contempt of court.

Sheriff's deputies say the identity of the person found in the burned house has not been released.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death and dental records checked to determine the identity.

Authorities say the investigation is continuing, and more arrests may be made.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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