EL PASO — Four dumpster fires and an apartment fire June 13 lead to the arrest of 22-year-old Alan Badillo Thursday.
Investigators were tipped off to Badillo's alleged involvement, resulting in a 2nd degree felony charge in arson.
The incident occured around 2 a.m. June 13 between Dyer and Johnson. As crews extinguished the fire another dumpster fire was spotted at Dyer and Tyler just minutes later. Within the next hour two other dumpster fires were extinguished within blocks of Dyer, Tyler and Johnson.
In addition, at approximately 3:36 a.m., fire crews were dispatched to an apartment fire at 3900 Hayes. This fire was reported within a few blocks from one of the reported dumpster fires. Crews were able place the fire under control within 10 minutes.
The fire started when a couch leaning against an apartment unit was lit on fire. The extent of the damage was contained to the exterior walls and the eaves of the unit. Light smoke damage was reported in one unit. Two families were affected by this fire and American Red Cross of El Paso is assisting a total of five people. No injuries were reported as the occupants were able to safely escape. Damages are estimated at $5,000.00.
At this time, the dumpster fires and apartment fire are believed to be related and have been ruled intentional by a fire investigator. The public is urged to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at (915) 485-5699 or Fire Communications at (915) 832-4439 with any information regarding these fires.