Man admits to starting fire at estranged wife’s new boyfriend’s home, police say

Billy Quezada said he used a gas can to start the fire

Billy Quezada mugshot (Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

SAN ANTONIO – A man admitted to starting a fire at his estranged wife’s new boyfriend’s home on Jan. 12, according to San Antonio Fire Department arson investigators.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Billy Quezada, 41, used a gas can to start the fire just before 11 a.m. in the 900 block of East Drexel Avenue, not far from S Gevers Street and I-10.

Investigators said the fire was started shortly after Quezada found out that his estranged wife was in a new relationship with a previous acquaintance.

An initial investigation couldn’t pinpoint the reason the blaze ignited due to the severity of damage to the structure, which was a building that the victim planned to convert into living quarters for his mother.

According to the affidavit, surveillance video from the neighborhood showed a man who matched Quezada’s description walking into an alley behind the victim’s residence with a gas can, only to run out of the alley two minutes later with the same gas can.

Investigators said Quezada went to the Arson Office voluntarily on Thursday afternoon and admitted to starting the fire by pouring gasoline on a wooden fence behind the structure and igniting it.

Quezada was arrested Thursday on first-degree felony arson charges. His bond was set at $45,000, court records show.

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