Woman arrested for setting fire to monument for human trafficking victims on Quintana Road
A 44-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday for setting fire to a monument that was erected in honor of the 53 victims who died in a human smuggling incident over the summer, San Antonio Fire Department Arson Bureau Lt. Noe Saldana said.
‘This is unprecedented’: Arsonists responsible for 42 fires in about 3 months time, Atascosa County Sheriff says
Forty-two fires occurred between April 21 and July 26 and stretch across a 25-mile radius around the county. The majority are just grass and brush fires, but a handful have been by homes and structures.
Man thrown out of North Side bar after altercation accused of returning, setting place on fire, police say
Victor Lewis, 29, has been charged with arson, according to records with the Bexar County Jail. According to an arrest affidavit, the incident started around 1:30 a.m. when Lewis and other customers got into an argument. A bartender attempted to settle the altercation, but Lewis “would not calm down” and was escorted outside, police said. AdIn the hours after the altercation, a fire was set to the entry doorway and the surrounding walls of the structure. AdThe Main Street Bar on Feb. 21 posted on Facebook that they needed to make some repairs but were open that day.
Arson suspected in fire that killed dog on San Antonio’s West Side
SAN ANTONIO – A dog died in a house fire on the city’s West Side that officials suspect was intentionally set, San Antonio firefighters said. The fire broke out shortly after 12 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 600 block of South San Joaquin. Firefighters said a man and woman had been arguing shortly before the back side of the home went up in flames. The fire caused heavy damage to the back portion of the house, causing the siding to practically melt away. The woman was not hurt but a dog did not make it out of the home alive, firefighters said.
Wimberley man arrested after setting fire to three vehicles, officials say
WIMBERLY, Texas – A Wimberley man has been arrested and charged with three counts of Felony 2 Arson after setting fire to three vehicles, Hays County officials say. Kirill O. Belchenko, 32, was arrested and booked into the Hays County jail on Sept. 21, following an investigation by the Hays County Fire Marshal and Hays County Sheriff’s Office. Fire Marshal Nathan Mendenhall said the vehicle arson occurred in the 3400 block of Ranch Road 32 on Sept. 21. In a statement, Mendenhall said Belchenko set fire to three of his uncles’ vehicles and also claimed that he placed a pipe bomb on the property. Additionally, Belchenko told fire and law enforcement investigators that he set fire to a utility pole on the property.
Juvenile arrested in connection with woman’s death, arson in Hays County
BUDA, Texas – A juvenile was arrested in connection with an arson and murder of a Buda woman, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office said. Officials said the suspect was detained on a “directive to apprehend warrant for murder” and taken to a juvenile detention center. According to HCSO, the body of Janie Rebecca Loredo Zapata, 48, was found at the scene of a fire on May 15 in the 400 block of West Overlook Mountain in Buda. Deputies had responded to the location to assist the Hays County Fire Marshal with the investigation. Related: San Antonio police seek arson suspect who set fire to sign at Northwest Side grocery store
Arson investigation underway after vacant building goes up in flames on the North Side, firefighters say
SAN ANTONIO An arson investigation is underway after a vacant building went up in flames on the North Side, according to San Antonio Fire Department. Witness Margo Solomon said she saw smoke and flames coming from the building when the fire started and thought someone may be stuck inside. The fire department arrived in just minutes and by the time of their arrival, the entire building was on fire. Although the building is vacant, firefighters said the homeless make use of the property regularly. RELATED: Considerable amount of chickens killed in shed fire on Southeast Side, firefighters say
Judge denies bond reduction in arson case, cites governor’s executive order
Following her release from the hospital for treatment of burns over 25% of her body, Salinas was arrested on arson charges and jailed in lieu of $75,000 bond. ‘You want to f*** with me’: Woman accused of torching man’s car before they both caught fireOn Thursday, Salinas’ lawyer, Angela Tavares, asked that her client be released on a personal recognizance bond. He also told the court that his mother’s ex-boyfriend, Alejandro Megana, told him that the fire was an accident. “I cannot get the adequate medicine for my pain, so pain is always an issue,” she testified from jail during Thursday’s remote hearing. Greg Abbott last spring that forbids personal recognizance bonds in violent felony cases, Judge Velia Meza denied Salinas’ request and ordered that her $75,000 bond remain in place.
Arson investigating house fire on the East Side
SAN ANTONIO A family will return to a destroyed and charred home on the East Side after it unexpectedly went up in flames. Firefighters were dispatched to the house fire, located in the 1200 block of Kayton Avenue around 6:30 Saturday morning. An East Side family will return to a destroyed home after flames quickly took over their home early Saturday morning. According to fire captain, Brandon Schultz, flames fully engulfed the front porch and burnt through part of the roof early Saturday morning. Arson investigators will take over the case to determine a cause.
Man arrested for setting two fires near homes, businesses, officials say
SAN ANTONIO A man accused of setting two fires near businesses and homes in north Bexar County has been arrested, according to the Bexar County Fire Marshal Office. Robert A. Davey was apprehended after a weeks-long investigation into a suspected arsonist in the Fair Oaks Ranch area, officials said. Officials said Davey is suspected of intentionally setting a brush fire using gasoline at the intersection of Old Fredericksburg Road and another fire in the 25000 block of Ralph Fair Road. This individual set fires in an area that is close to businesses and residential homes, stated Bexar County Fire Marshal Chris Lopez. Officials conducted a criminal evidentiary search as well and Davey was taken to the Bexar County Joint Intake and Assessment Annex for processing and magistration, officials said.
Video captures apartment fire SAFD believes may have been intentionally set
Video captures apartment fire SAFD believes may have been intentionally setPublished: October 26, 2019, 3:10 pmNeighbors and first responders rushed to get residents out of their homes at an apartment complex on the city's Southeast side.