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FROM STAFF REPORTS

NEW BRAUNFELS — Investigators arrested a 21-year-old man on Wednesday who they say twice set fires at his own home earlier this week and is suspected of eight other arsons in the New Braunfels area over the course of nearly two years.

Jeremiah Farrell is charged with two counts of arson, a first-degree felony when it “results in bodily injury or death or intending to damage or destroy a habitation,” according to the Texas Penal Code. As of mid-afternoon Thursday, he was being held in the Comal County jail on bail set at $100,000 for each alleged offense.

Farrell likely faces additional charges stemming from open arson investigations dating as far back as December 2012, New Braunfels Fire Marshal Capt. Patrick O’Connell said in a written statement.

At 11:17 p.m. Sunday and again at 3:39 a.m. Monday, the New Braunfels Fire Department responded to fires set in or around Farrell’s apartment at 211 W. Merriweather St. in the Eickenroht neighborhood. The first fire was “set at the back door of the apartment” and the second in a couch on the front porch, O’Connell said. Both were extinguished before firefighters arrived, he said.

First-degree felonies are punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if the defendant is found or pleads guilty.

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