UPDATE: Bryan garage fire intentionally set by family member

POSTED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 3:22pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

BRYAN -- Tonight Bryan police and fire officials are trying to figure out what happened this morning on Rockwood Drive after a family member got upset and set their garage on fire.

It was a quiet morning on Rockwood Drive until both the Bryan police and fire department were called for a family disturbance and fire at the same house.

"What it appears was there was a family disturbance there and the fire was purposely set inside the garage. the fire department was able to put that out," said Officer Jon Agnew.

Neighbor Julie Svetlik was still in bed this morning when she thought she heard gunshots outside but when she looked out her bedroom window she could see the garage next door engulfed in flames.

"That's when I got concerned and started throwing things together, putting clothes on and grabbing the dog, grabbed my computer and purse then a few minutes later the police knocked on my door and told me I needed to evacuate."

Officials say it was an immediate family member that got upset during the altercation, went outside to the garage where he was staying in a back room and then lit it on fire.

"The son supposedly said he set the garage on fire and left. Then the dad went out there, kicked the door open and found some fire in the garage," said Bryan deputy fire marshal, Fred Taylor.

Police tell us the suspect was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries from the fire where he's being detained for medical evaluation and questioned by police.

And Julie Svetlik said she's surprised this happened right next door.

"Nothing really happens here," Svetlik said. "It's a really nice place to live and to be woken up in the morning first thing with something like this it's a bit of a shock."

Police tell us no charges have been filed for now but the investigation continues.


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