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Suspect arrested in connection with South Austin fires believed to be arson

Firefighters responded to multiple fires overnight, including one at Crow Bar on South Congress Avenue.

AUSTIN, Texas — A suspect was arrested in connection with at least one of the arson incidents that occurred on Sunday morning, according to the Austin Fire Department.

John Adam Henry, 42, was arrested for intentionally setting the fire on 2728 South Congress Ave. that occurred on Sunday morning. Investigators with AFD filed a probable cause affidavit for the charge of "felony 2 arson."

Henry is the main suspect in the string of arson cases that occurred throughout South Austin, according to AFD. Investigators expect to file additional charges once the investigation is concluded. 

On Sunday, the AFD launched an arson investigation after responding to multiple fires in the early morning in South Austin, including at a bar on South Congress Avenue.

Firefighters responded to a fire at Crow Bar, located at 3116 S. Congress Ave., around 4:20 a.m. on Sept. 18 AFD stated in a tweet that crews determined the fire to be intentionally set.

Another nearby fire at a vacant former auto repair shop in the 4200 block of S. First St. was also determined to be arson, AFD said.

Lastly, crews responded to around 15 grass, trash and dumpster fires in the same area during this time period. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time, the department said.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the families of Crow Bar employees who are now without employment.


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