Police rule arson a homicide

Police rule arson a homicide
Posted at 7:08 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 19:14:45-04

A north Baltimore fire set during a drug dispute has been upgraded to a homicide, police said. 

Police arrested Daquein McNeil, 23, on July 19 on arson charges.

Police believe McNeil set a fire in a vacant building in the 300 block of W. 27th Street on June 4 during a drug dispute with someone who owed him money.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and during a check of neighboring buildings found 59-year-old Daniel Brewer unconscious.

Brewer was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said Brewer was not the intended target.

The case was ruled a homicide on July 24.  Murder charges are pending.