Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Texas woman was burning Bible in backyard when duplex caught fire

 A massive blaze that engulfed two Texas homes on Sunday began with a woman setting a Bible on fire, according to her neighbors.


The San Antonio resident was burning the sacred book in her backyard when the fire suddenly spread into her house and her neighbor’s, witnesses told local news station WOAI-TV. No one was injured in the early-morning blaze, but the fire caused about $150,000 in damages and displaced multiple residents and their dogs, according to the station.

The unidentified suspect was taken into custody, but police have not named her or announced whether she would face charges.

The neighbor whose home was damaged said he and other residents woke up around 7 a.m. with the woman banging on their doors announcing the fire. First responders arrived at the scene moments later and found the two homes engulfed in flames.

“We had heavy fire showing for basically two residential structures. We started applying waters much as we could,” Fire Capt. John Flores said.

Photos from the scene showed that the roofs of both homes partially collapsed during the incident.

A possible motive for the alleged Bible burning was not immediately known. The city’s fire department said the exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

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