Man faces a second-degree arson charge after Johnson City first responders rescue him from fire set intentionally


JOHNSON CITY – A man rescued from a structure fire was arrested after authorities determined the fire to be intentional, according to the Johnson City Police Department.

The Johnson City Police Department along with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department, Blanco VFD, and Blanco County EMS responded to the structure fire on July 16 at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Gonzales Avenue.

“The responding units showed exemplary teamwork in rescuing the male subject trapped inside of the burning residence,” stated JCPD.

No first responders were injured during the incident and the subject was treated on the scene for minimal injuries.

After a preliminary investigation by JCPD, it was determined that the fire was intentionally started with the intent to destroy the residence or property of another, stated authorities.

The suspect was then arrested and charged with Second-Degree Felony Arson.

“This event is a solemn reminder of the multi-county fires which plagued out area one year ago today/this week,” said the Johnson City Police Department. “Please help me thank all of these first responders for risking their own safety to save this citizen as well as prevent the fire from reaching other residential structures in the area and preventing a repeat of last years fires.”

The incident is still under investigation with assistance from the regional Fire Marshall.

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