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Witnesses will take stand in arson case

January 28, 2006

Testimony is expected to begin Monday in the trial of a 37-year-old Glendale man accused of killing his 94-year-old grandmother in March, when he allegedly set her room on fire, Pasadena Superior Court officials said.

Antranik Khajarian faces one count of murder with special circumstances of arson, two counts of arson and one count of possessing flammable material for allegedly dousing Arpine Demerjian's room with gasoline, then setting it on fire.

Demerjian died of smoke inhalation and burns.

Khajarian's parents were asleep in the family's Wonderview Drive home when the blaze started, but were able to escape uninjured.

Khajarian is being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

Jury selection in the trial ended Friday, and attorneys presented their opening statements, court officials said.

Child treated after blaze at home

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A 3-year-child child was treated for smoke inhalation Friday after a fire broke out in a home at 541 W. Lexington Drive, fire officials said.

The blaze broke out in the bedroom of the home at 8:15 p.m. and was contained within 5 minutes without spreading to other rooms, Capt. Steve Parrish said.

The cause, origin and financial costs of the damage were being determined late Friday, Parrish said.

Arson investigators were at the scene, Parrish said.

The child was transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment.

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