Neighbor confessed to setting deadly Cleveland house fire, witnesses say

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CLEVELAND—Neighbors say the man suspected of setting a deadly house fire admitted he did it.

Roma Sparks (Photo Credit: Family members)

Roma Sparks (Photo Credit: Family members)

The house on West 56th Street was completely engulfed by the time fire crews arrived at about 5 a.m. Thursday. They found 75-year-old Roma Sparks unconscious near the back door. He died at the hospital.

Neighbors said while the flames burned, Sparks’ neighbor stood across the street confessing that he poured gasoline on the front of the house and lit it.

"The guy knocked on my door, told me to move my truck because he was about to do something to that house," neighbor Ryan Mahone said.

"He's out here talking like, 'I hope he die. I hope he die,'" said George Evans, another neighbor.

The suspect’s mother told FOX 8 News he struggled with mental health issues for most of his life and she thinks he just snapped.

The man was taken into custody and the fire remains under investigation.

West 56th Street and Clark Avenue