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- date of incident: Dec 25, 2019
- time of incident: 11:30 p.m.
- location of incident: 4200 Northern Cross Blvd.
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At 11:30 p.m. on the night of December 25, 2019, the Haltom City Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 4200 Northern Cross Blvd. in Haltom City. The location of the address was the Northern Cross Apartments. Upon the arrival of the fire department, firefighters found a first floor apartment with heavy smoke coming from one unit. Upon entering the apartment, firefighters found a fire, controlled by the sprinkler system, in a bed. The fire was quickly extinguished.
Upon investigating, the apartment was found to be the model unit for the apartment complex. Since the unit was unoccupied, the fire was suspected of being possibly set by an unknown person. Subsequent investigation by arson investigators pointed to a person of interest who worked at the complex. Further investigation into the work and residential history of the person of interest led investigators to link the person to numerous other fires in at least four other metroplex cities and to possibly additional fires out of state.
On Monday, January 6, 2020 the person of interest was interviewed at the Haltom City Police Department where he confessed to setting the fire at 4200 Northern Cross Boulevard on December 25, 2019 and to a separate fire in Fort Worth. The suspect, Santos Bueno, 22, was arrested and is charged with Arson of a Habitation, a 1st Degree felony.
Without a doubt, the arrest of this suspect took a dangerous person off the street. The Haltom City Fire Marshal’s office was assisted by the Haltom City Police, Fort Worth Fire Department Bomb and Arson unit, Tarrant County Arson Task Force, Arlington Fire Department, Carrollton Fire Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. All of the organizations involved contributed to the successful conclusion of this case.
- update on March 16, 2016 arson investigation
- Central Fire Station (Station 1) - 5525 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
October 3, 2019
This week, James Sikes, the suspect in the arson fire at 4010 NE 28th Street in March of 2016, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for this fire and a string of assorted other charges. The Haltom City Fire Department would like to thank all of the organizations that assisted in the investigation, arrest, and conviction of this arsonist. This case was VERY involved and literally spanned half of the country. Law enforcement agencies from all levels of government were involved.
The following is a list of the agencies involved:
- Haltom City Fire Marshal
- Haltom City Police Department
- Tarrant County Arson Task Force
- Seabrook, NH Police
- Knox County, Tennessee Sheriff's Department
The Fire Marshal would also like to thank the local news media outlets for pushing information about the case out to the public.
The Haltom City Fire Marshal would like to remind everyone that possession of opened packages and use of fireworks, including sparklers, is illegal within the City of Haltom City. Each year in the United States hundreds of people are injured, and thousands of fires are caused by the use of fireworks.
This year, the Haltom City Fire Marshal and the Haltom City Police Department will be patrolling the city on July 4th, looking for illegal fireworks. Any illegal fireworks found are subject to confiscation, and a citation may be written to the person in possession of the fireworks. Fireworks are prohibited under City Ordinance #99-006-05 and the International Fire Code Article 56.
If you need to report a fireworks violation call the North Richland Hills-Richland Hills-Haltom City-Watauga Joint dispatch non-emergency number, 817-281-1000.
If you have any questions regarding fireworks, contact Fire Marshal Damian Vogle at 817-759-8663 or by email.
The annual NE Tarrant County Fireworks Show has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.