Trinity County Sheriff says several fires deliberately set

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Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 12:35 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2022 at 9:29 PM CDT
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TRINITY COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace says an arsonist started several fires near Groveton overnight.

“We’ve got someone going around playing with matches again,” said Sheriff Woody Wallace. The fires were set along Rainey Ave., Due Rd., and Ed West Rd. in Groveton between 3 and 3:30 a.m.

Fire crews responded to a call at 3:30 a.m. and put out the fires with minimal damage. Moreover, the person responsible “left a couple pieces of evidence behind; they just don’t realize it yet,” Wallace said. “I promise you, this person is going to get arrested.”

Even so, the Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from anyone who might have information on the culprit, especially video footage from Ring or other security cameras. “Not many people are going to be on the road at that time,” Wallace said, so they would like to know about anyone suspicious who passed by.

One of the fires, the one on Due Rd., flared back up in the afternoon. Video shows the fire as it started back up.

One of the fires which Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said was deliberately set and was extinguished flared back up in the afternoon.

Wallace said so far, 50 acres have been burned to the actions of the suspect. All the fires were put out relatively quickly, but some were near homes. Wallace said it is unclear if these fires are related to fires two weeks ago which were also suspected to be the result of arson.

Wallace said Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

If you have information, call the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 642-1424 or Crimestoppers at 939-639-TIPS.

The Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Rangers are also addressing this case.

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