Police investigating 2 car fires, listed as arson

JACKSONVILLE (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Jacksonville police on Tuesday were still investigating two weekend car fires that authorities have deemed arson.

Capt. Ted Hunt, with the Jacksonville Fire Department, said both fires occurred Saturday – one about 3:45 a.m. on Bryan Street and another about 4:30 a.m. on San Marcos Street.

He said both vehicles – a Honda Accord and a Nissan car – were on fire when authorities arrived at the scenes, and an accelerant was poured on them. No injuries were reported.

However, the Honda Accord was a total loss, while the Nissan car “had some pretty severe damage to it cosmetically,” Hunt said.

Jacksonville police Detective Jeremy Pate said the police department listed it as an arson case.

“Right now we don’t have just an affirmative link between the two as far as the victims. We can’t show that they’re linked to each other…,” he said. “It was unusual to have (the fires) in the same time period in sort of the same area of town, but nothing affirmative to say…why these two were chosen.”


Hunt said he feels that it is likely the same person who set both fires.


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