Man accused of setting fire to garage after fight with wife

Mario Arredondo upset because dinner wasn't cooked, investigators say

SAN ANTONIO – Mario Arrendondo, 38, is accused of starting a fire inside his South Side garage after arriving home and finding out his wife hadn't cooked dinner, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Arrendondo was arrested on an arson charge Tuesday in connection with the fire which happened last Monday.

The affidavit said that Arredondo's wife told investigators that he arrived home from work and became upset because he had not been able to reach her by phone all day and that she had not prepared dinner.

The woman said she later smelled smoke and found Arredondo standing inside their garage in the 100 block of Gillette Avenue with smoke pouring out of it.

According to the affidavit, the woman said Arredondo had started the fire which he later put out with a garden hose when he realized she was going to call 911.

Arredondo was gone by the time arson investigators arrived. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

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