Arson suspected in two fires on same day at same house

Homeowner: 'I don't know, just evil'

SAN ANTONIO – Arturo Carreon's home of more than 20 years, on the city's South Side, could be demolished as soon as Wednesday after two suspicious fires destroyed the residence.

The first fire at Carreon's home, in the 3300 block of Coconino, was reported about 3 p.m. Sunday and the other blaze later that night. 

"They came and tried to light it one time, but the neighbors ran them off," Carreon said. "So at night, they came again."

Carreon, who is a tow truck driver, said that when he turned onto his street about 11 p.m., he saw the flashing lights of fire engines and his house engulfed in flames.

He said his first thought was: "Please don't let my kids be in there."

Carreon said his 14-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter were staying with family in the neighborhood because of previous problems at their house.

Although Carreon said it was still his house, neighbors said it was virtually vacant except for people who kept breaking into the house. 

Carreon said he thinks many of those same people who are responsible for both fires.

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