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Friday, July 11, 2008
C'mon Baby light my fire....Not
I drove by and stopped to talk to two fire department investigators photographing the total loss of one of the cars yesterday morning.
Pretty heinous meaningless crime of property destruction.
They will be caught and justice meted out.
My hunch? Check the internet for a You Tube video or a posting of it on a My Space site.
Five cars were set on fire in the early morning hours Thursday near downtown New Braunfels, but fire officials have declined to release much information about the arsons or their investigation. Interim Fire Marshal Doug Vogel said a large metal trash bin and a trash can also were set on fire. Vogel said he hadn’t finished compiling an incident report Thursday afternoon and declined to say how the fires were set, but would say some of the fires were “probably just minutes” apart and that the cars seemed to be selected at random.
Vogel said two cars were destroyed and three damaged.
Initially, Vogel declined to provide area-specific information, saying only that the cars and trash bins were “central to downtown New Braunfels.” But after meeting with Interim Fire Chief John Robinson and Assistant City Manager Robert Camareno, he agreed to release the general location of the fires.
The cars — all were within a mile of each other — were parked in the 300 block of South Academy Avenue, the 500 block of West Mill Street, the 1100 block of Eikel Street, the 1100 block of Stonewall Street and the 400 block of North Guenther Avenue. Fires in a metal trash bin in the 500 block of East Torrey Street and a trash can in the first block of Playground Drive also are being investigated, Vogel said. Police received the first fire call at about 3:20 a.m., Vogel said.
NBPD Sgt. Mike Penshorn said he was aware of “three separate fires that the fire department is investigating.” The case is being handled entirely by the fire department, both Penshorn and Vogel said.Vogel said the cars burned were all parked on the street, and not in driveways or in garages. Vogel said: “The main emphasis is that we want people to be safe, to lock up their cars, to pull their cars into their garages,” “We want the public to know we’re not trying to hide anything.”