Man facing charges in arson fires that destroyed his home, neighbor’s SUV

Eric Fox Hernandez, 25, allegedly admitted to crimes

SAN ANTONIO – A Leon Valley man who lost his home to a fire now has lost his freedom.

Formal charges were filed Thursday against Eric Fox Hernandez, 25, in connection with two fires on April 17.

In addition to setting the fire in his home, he also is accused of torching a neighbor’s SUV.

Firefighters found both on fire when they arrived in the 6600 block of Cherryleaf.

An arrest warrant affidavit said Leon Valley police first made contact with Hernandez at that time, after seeing him with a box of matches in his hand and attempting to set fire to a vehicle.

The affidavit says he admitted to the officer that he had started the fire in his bedroom and allowed it to spread.

He also told them he set the fire that destroyed his neighbor’s SUV, the affidavit said.

However, it says he told police he was not attempting to harm himself or anyone else.

There were no injuries from the fire.

The affidavit says Hernandez had gotten out of the home before the fire spread, and his father, who also lived there, was not home at the time.

Investigators say Hernandez and his father both told them that Hernandez had tried to set fire to the home twice in the past.

He faces two counts of arson.

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