A Fort Worth man was charged with arson Wednesday, accused of setting fires inside the home of his grandmother’s residence in an attempt to burn it down, police said.
The 92-year-old woman was not home when the fires were set on July 28, according to police reports.
David Fitzgerald, 27, was arrested Monday.
Police and firefighters responded to a report of domestic dispute July 28 in the 2500 block of Lee Avenue. Fitzgerald lives with his grandmother, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.
When they arrived, firefighters could smell natural gas and gasoline inside the home. Firefighters shut off a valve to the natural gas, according to the report. While searching, firefighters found remnants of multiple fires inside the residence.
“She was not in the house,” officer Brad Perez said in a Wednesday email. “She went to a neighbor’s home to use a phone to call 911 in regards to threats.”
Police did not release any information on a motive.
Fitzgerald remained in the Tarrant County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $40,000 bail.
The Fort Worth man has a criminal history. Before Monday, he has been arrested 10 times since 2006, on matters ranging from assaults to drug possession, according to court records.