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Dodge Co. man arrested in connection to fatal fire


DODGE COUNTY (WKOW) -- A Dodge County man faces eight misdemeanors for his role in a fire that resulted in a man's death.

The charges were filed against 23-year-old Jose Hernandez, Jr. of Cambria. The charges include two counts of criminal damage to property, two counts of criminal trespassing and single counts of battery, disorderly conduct, negligent handling of burning material and theft.

According to the criminal complaint, Hernandez went to a home in Calamus on Saturday to pick up a relative from a party. While there, the complaint says Hernandez got into a fight with 18-year-old Victor Aguilar-Bustamante.

Hernandez left, but came back because investigators say he thought he forgot his cell phone. At that time, the complaint says Hernandez lit a few matches to search for his phone. Hernandez told investigators that after each match was burning down and he could no longer use it to see, he threw them onto the floor.

Authorities say the home later started on fire and Aguilar-Bustamante was found dead inside. According to the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, Dodge County Deputy Medical Examiner Lee Smith said the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning.

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