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Fire at slain man’s house began in carport

Son charged with murder in death of Dominic D. Sandoval

A fire Tuesday morning that destroyed the home where a man was found slain Saturday started in the carport and spread to a neighboring home, a Tucson fire spokeswoman said.

While the point of origin for the fire has been determined, its cause still is under investigation, Capt. Tricia Tracy said Wednesday.

The fire destroyed the home at 1812 W. Astolat Road that slaying victim Dominic D. Sandoval, 49, shared with his son, Rocky J. Sandoval, 25.

The father was found dead in the home Saturday. His son was arrested in the killing and booked into Pima County Jail on a charge of first-degree murder. He was ordered held in lieu of $175,000 bail, authorities said.

Police have not released a cause of death or a motive for the killing.

Tucson police spokesman Sgt. Fabian Pacheco said investigating officers found “evidence consistent with a violent confrontation” in the Sandoval home.

The fire caused an estimated $150,000 damage to the Sandoval home and $50,000 to a neighboring home, Tracy said.

The Sandoval home was vacant and boarded up at the time of the fire, Tracy said.

There were no injuries in the fire.

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