Couple escapes intentionally set house fire in Fort Worth
12/03/2013 2:05 PM
12/04/2013 8:37 AM
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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