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Universal City firefighter’s camera shows crews battling arson fire that led to teen’s arrest

UNIVERSAL CITY, Texas – A Universal City firefighter’s camera captured the minute crews rushed into a house that had gone up in flames on March 25.

Now, greater than two months later, two teenagers have been arrested and charged with arson in reference to two fires set on the dwelling which continues to be underneath building.

Video of the fire within the 200 block of Rustic Springs shows the stairway absolutely engulfed in flames in the course of the fire name. Arson investigator Jake Vierra mentioned a firefighter suffered minor accidents whereas battling the blaze.

“This was the second fire that was set. And very early on in our investigation, we felt as if they came back to finish the job that they had started,” Vierra says concerning the suspects. After an investigation that spanned weeks involving fire and U.C. Police, they acquired a break within the case.

“We discovered evidence that had a latent print on it,” he explains.

That proof was a can of Zippo lighter fluid and it lead to the arrest of 17-year previous Charles David Flynn and a 16-year previous juvenile. Police have been ready to hyperlink them to 2 of 4 fires on the dwelling, in addition to vandalism to the house, together with kicked-in doorways, shattered glass on kitchen home equipment, and torn carpet.


Investigators feared the fires would unfold to occupied properties subsequent door. Angie Canales simply moved into the brand new neighborhood and was so anxious that she’s putting in safety cameras outdoors.

“I’m glad they found the person who did it. That makes me feel better now,” she mentioned.

Investigators say the teenagers have been members of the ROTC program of their faculty. They lived in a subdivision close by in Converse. Police don’t have a motive on why they focused that dwelling.

“To be quite honest with you, we didn’t get much remorse either, which was a little troublesome,” Vierra mentioned.

Both teenagers are charged with arson with bodily harm and housebreaking with intent to commit a felony.

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