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Authorities charge man with arson for grass fires in northwest Fort Worth

Authorities charge man with arson for grass fires in NW Fort Worth

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Fort Worth has suffered 20 grass fires in the northwest part of town. Courtesy photo

A man was arrested on Thursday, July 28 for setting multiple fires in Fort Worth.

Julio Frausto, 32, was charged with one count of second-degree felony Arson, one count of second-degree felony Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information, and one count of misdemeanor Evading Arrest or Detention.

Fort Worth has been besieged by multiple grass fires in the northwest part of town.

On July 28, investigators from Fort Worth Fire Department's Arson Unit responded to a grass fire in the vicinity of Buck Sansom Park in northwest Fort Worth.

This was the twentieth grass fire reported in the area in the last seven days. Two of those fires escalated to multiple alarm responses.

Investigators saw a male matching the description of a person of interest who was leaving the location of the fire.

They caught him in the 2800 block of Prospect Avenue, and he subsequently confessed to starting that fire, along with multiple others in the area.

According to a release, this is still an open and active investigation. FWFD arson investigators are thankful for the public's help that led to developing a suspect description which aided in Thursday's apprehension.

Due to the critical fire conditions in the area, they're urging citizens to remain vigilant around heat and flames, and to report anything that is perceived as suspicious activity.