Christian Arnedo, 40, of Beach Park (inset) was charged in connection with a fire that was started at an apartment building on the property of Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago on December 4. | Background Photo: Google Street View

A Beach Park man is facing charges for allegedly committing arson by starting a fire inside an apartment building on the property of a federal health care center in North Chicago, prosecutors said.

Christian Arnedo, 40, of Beach Park, was charged with residential arson and arson causing property damage.

Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said Arnedo set a fire at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago on December 4.

The fire started in a locker inside a man’s apartment.

Surveillance video showed Arnedo walking down the hallway and entering the victim’s apartment, Katris said.

Arnedo walked out moments later and then a resident noticed the fire and smoke, Katris said.

The locker was engulfed in flames and required a fire extinguisher to put out.

An arrest warrant was issued for Arnedo and he was taken into custody on Monday.

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Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak kept bond at $100,000, which was set when the warrant was issued.

The most serious charge, residential arson, is a Class 1 felony that carries a sentence of four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 11.