Man charged with arson in fire at Rep. Doggett's office

Richard Casares arrested, minor damage reported, official says

SAN ANTONIO – Richard Casares, 33, was arrested Wednesday after he admitted to setting fire to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett's office early Wednesday near downtown San Antonio, a fire official said.

San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Woody Woodward said firefighters responded to a fence on fire around 4:15 a.m. in the 200 block of West Travis.

The fire spread to a roof line connecting to Doggett's office, Woodward said.

Firefighters quickly put out the fire, which didn't cause any damage to the office interior, Woodward said. Damage to the exterior was estimated at $2,000.

"While this fire does appear to be arson, investigators do not currently believe that it represented any targeted political attack," Doggett, a Democrat, said in a statement.

Casares was charged with arson.

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