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Pearsall police are seeking information leading to the identity of the person who may be responsible for intentionally starting a fire at a former nursing home on Ash Street last week.
Volunteer firefighters and police responded to the blaze at the old Pearsall Manor shortly after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25 to find the vacant building engulfed in flames.
According to Pearsall Fire Chief Placido Aguilar, the furnishing in the lobby area of the building had been set on fire.
It was after fire crews from Pearsall, Dilley and Moore extinguished the initial blaze that emergency personnel learned the vacant building had no working utilities.
“The fire department notified police officers on the scene that the building did not have any utilities,” Police Chief Humberto Torralba II said. “They believed the fire was set intentionally.”
According to Aguilar, firefighters returned to the Ash Street location at 5 a.m. after investigators noticed several of the air conditioning units were burning. Some two hours later, another hotspot was discovered on the roof.
A specialized arson-detecting canine from the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s office was used in the preliminary investigation and ruled that the fire was an act of arson.
“We are asking the community to help us bring justice to this incident and to have the criminals involved punished accordingly,” the police chief said.
Anyone with any information into the arson can contact police at (830) 334-4169.
Earlier this month two juveniles were charged with arson after the pair set fire to an abandoned modular home on the west side of town.