POSTED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 4:32pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 7:59am
BROWNSVILLE — Twenty to thirty hay bales deliberately set on fire. At least that's what fire investigators with the Brownsville Fire department are suspecting.
Several suspicious factors have lead fire investigators into believing this may have been an arson. One of those factors included a Jeep that was pulled up all the way to the hay bales that were set on fire.
Another red flag, a separate fire in the back of the property. According to investigators, chairs in a shed area were not stored in there beforehand. Meaning someone likely put them there on purpose, maybe to act as an accelerant.
"The report came into Brownsville Fire Department by Cameron County Sheriff's officers that were passing by, they indicated there was a strong smell of gasoline," says BFD Fire Cpt. Cesar Pedraza.
The call came in at around 1:40 this morning about the fire at a home near Naranjo and Old Alice Road. BFD and the Los Fresnos fire departments have been on scene since then and this morning, public works was called in to help make sure no embers re-sparked. Their responsibility, sifting through the hay as firefighters doused the remaining sparks with water and foam.
The homeowner, who is out of town, was notified this morning.
"He did provide us with a lead on a suspect," says Cpt. Pedraza.
Meanwhile, investigators will continue working on this case that they've preliminarily classified as a suspicious fire.
If you have any information on this crime, contact Brownsville Crime Stoppers at 546-TIPS.