Crime

December 3, 2013

Couple escapes intentionally set house fire in Fort Worth

Fire officials say a man has been jailed on accusations that he threw a lighted gas can into his neighbors’ home.

Two people escaped an early-morning blaze Tuesday that killed their cat after a neighbor reportedly threw a lighted gas can inside the home, according to fire officials and media reports.

The neighbor, identified in a police report as 33-year-old Roberto Gonzales, was arrested shortly after the fire, which was reported at about 6:30 a.m. in the 3400 block of Nies Street, near Airport Freeway and North Riverside Drive.

Firefighters told NBC 5 that the neighbor likely threw a lighted gas can into the house, where the couple was sleeping.

The fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes, a Fire Department news release states.

Fort Worth police detained Gonzales near the scene based on information provided by a witness.

He was being held in the Mansfield jail Wednesday with bail set at $25,000, jail records show.

Arson of a habitation is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

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