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Frank Lucero, 61, accused of setting fire to boarding home

SAFD arson squad: Frank Lucero, 61, had made previous threat

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SAN ANTONIO – A man who allegedly made a previous threat about torching a north San Antonio boarding home is accused of doing just that.

Frank Lucero, 61, was booked into the Bexar County Jail Monday on a charge of arson stemming from the June 7 fire at the home where he lived, in the 1100 block of Pasadena Street.

An arrest warrant affidavit stated that a local TV news crew had contacted the San Antonio Fire Department's arson squad about two weeks prior to that -on May 23- and told investigators about the threat which Lucero allegedly made during an interview.

The affidavit stated that the news crew told them Lucero said that if the boarding home was ever shut down, he would torch the building.

After firefighters put out the fire there on June 7, they said another resident told them he witnessed Lucero starting it, the affidavit stated.

The witness said Lucero used a cigarette lighter to ignite a piece of paper, then placed it on a mattress in a storage room adjoining the home, the affidavit stated. The fire then spread to the home.

The affidavit stated that the witness said Lucero told him he started the fire because he was angry that he had not received his food stamps.

Arson investigators said he initially blamed someone else for the fire, but later admitted to starting it, the affidavit stated.

They said Lucero told them he was angry about being taunted by another resident, the affidavit stated.

He also gave investigators the cigarette lighter that he said he used to start the fire, the affidavit stated.

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