EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Two suspects were arrested after a fire tore through a Northeast El Paso home early Monday morning.
Marco Antonio Montalvo, 22, and Fabian Chavez, 26, are each charged in connection to the fire. Montalvo is facing multiple counts of arson and has bonds totaling $1.1 million and Chavez is charged with two counts of failure to report a felony with bonds totaling $30,000.
The El Paso Fire Department said the initial call came in around 4;20 a.m. to the 5700 block of Marie Tobin where they discovered a vacant home engulfed in flames. The flames extended to a neighbor’s home where it caused additional damage to the structure.
A second call was made to 911 about a mile away in the 5400 block of Rutherford Drive to reports a vehicle fire.
Witnesses to the second fire described two men inside the vehicle parked in the road quickly walking away as smoke and flames filled the vehicle. El Paso police assisted EPFD Fire Marshals in canvassing the area, where they located Montalvo and Chavez.
A total of 23 fire department units responded to the multiple fires. No injuries were reported. As KTSM reported on Monday, the home on Marie Tobin was previously under investigation from EPPD as a migrant stash house. Neighbors said it was cleared last week.