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Police: Florida man burned estranged wife, stepson in house fire

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Posted at 6:41 AM, Jan 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-13 07:48:41-05

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Florida woman and her adult son are dead after her estranged husband broke into their home and set them on fire.

Palm Bay police tell local media organizations that 61-year-old Daisy Tapia and her son, 32-year-old Erik Montes, died from their injuries on Thursday.

Edgard Fuentes, 64,  faces murder, arson and burglary charges in their deaths.

Police say Fuentes went to the home early that morning and poured gasoline throughout the house and started a fire that seriously burned his estranged wife and his stepson.

Tapia and Montes were taken to a hospital, where they both died.

Police say Fuentes was later arrested at a nearby rest stop on Interstate 95. He had also been badly burned in the fire.

It's unclear if Fuentes has an attorney.