EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – On Jan. 1, 2023, at approximately 11:51 p.m., El Paso Fire Department units responded to a structure fire at the 600 block of N. Carolina St. in El Paso’s Lower Valley. The El Paso Fire Department contained the fire to the 2nd floor and prevented it from extending to the rest of the complex.

According to court documents, 28-year-old Moctezuma Arredondo got into an argument with his mother, which resulted in him starting the fire within the apartment on New Year’s Day. Arredondo relayed to officials that “if she kept treating him this way, he was going to start a fire in their apartment”. Court documents state the Arredondo intentionally started the fire and stopped his mother from trying to extinguish it.

Arredondo’s mother was able to exit the building however Arredondo was found in the apartment when fire officials arrived at the scene. Arredondo suffered burns to his face and has been booked into the El Paso County Jail. He was charged with Arson and was given a $50,000 bond which was issued by Judge Acosta.