HCFD Press Release - Jan 8, 2020
- date of incident: Dec 25, 2019
- time of incident: 11:30 p.m.
- location of incident: 4200 Northern Cross Blvd.
- Information: 817-759-8660
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.
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