Man accused of setting a series of fires in south Bexar County community

Modesto Martinez, 59, was charged with arson of habitation

SAN ANTONIO – A man accused of setting a series of fires within the last few months has been arrested, according to the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Modesto Martinez, 59, was charged with arson of habitation, a first-degree felony, records with the Bexar County Jail show. His bond is set at $100,000.

The fire marshal’s office states that more than 15 fires took place in the last two to three months in the Oak Island community, located near Loop 1604 and Applewhite Road in south Bexar County.

No one was injured but the fires caused damage to vehicles, homes and land, the office said.

During the investigation, the office set up surveillance to help catch the arsonist. Martinez was seen setting fire to a mobile home and driving off, the office said.

Deputies with the fire marshal’s office followed Martinez to his home and arrested him, according to the office.

The Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Texas Rangers investigated the case.

The fires occurred in Bexar County Precinct 1.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores released the following statement:

The investigation is ongoing.

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