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El Cajon home where man was beaten to death with pan set on fire

Posted: 8:58 PM, Feb 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-01 00:25:13-05
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EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- One person was taken to the hospital after an El Cajon home where a man was beaten to death with a pan in late 2018 was set on fire Thursday night.

According to authorities, the fire started on the 1200 block of Naranca Avenue just after 7 p.m.

Nine people were displaced by the fire. Heartland Fire says the flames were contained to one bedroom.

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The man who was taken to the hospital suffered cuts to his hands after trying to break through a window. Fire officials said the injuries were minor.

The fire broke out in the same independent living home where a man was beaten to death with a frying pan in late 2018.

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Matthew McCarthy, 39, was killed in December after prosecutors say his roommate Brad Payton hit him in the face several times with a frying pan.

Matthew had been staying at the home on Naranca Avenue after being stabbed outside a convenience store in Lakeside.

Matthew, who was homeless before he moved into the home, had a developmental disability.

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El Cajon police were called to the home 78 times in 2018 alone, according to records.