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Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Man charged with arsons at San Marcos fast food restaurants

James David Burleigh, 28, is charged with three counts of arson, second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fines of up to $10,000 per offense. He is being held at the Hays County jail.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Curbside car fire ends in San Marcos man’s arson arrest

A San Marcos man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly setting fire to a car parked outside his family’s home in the 100 block of Riverside Drive.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

New Braunfels man charged with two arsons, suspected of eight more

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...

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Graffiti led fire marshal to suspected fish hatchery arsonists

Graffiti left at the scene led Fire Marshal Ken Bell to three local teens charged with setting the blaze that severely damaged the century-old fish hatchery building at San Marcos Plaza Park.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Dripping Springs area fires deemed ‘suspicious’

Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said today that the cause of some 11 fires reported in the Dripping Springs area since Friday remains “undetermined but suspicious.”

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Transmission shop owner arrested for 2008 arson

San Marcos fire investigators have arrested and charged the owner of a local AAMCO Transmission Store with multiple felonies following a 13-month investigation into a July 2008 fire that destroyed the local business.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Man who burned old hospital serving eight years probation

A 27-year-old man is serving eight years probation for igniting a blaze that destroyed the 101-year-old former hospital and Pike house on Belvin Street two years ago this month.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Video: Old hospital, Pike House burning

Video recorded by spectator of the old hospital fire on Belvin Street in April 2007.