Copperas Cove: Local Man Charged With Arson

A Copperas Cove man has been charged with arson in connection with a backyard fire.

Brandon Howe Hartzburg (Jail photo)

COPPERAS COVE (February 12, 2014) A Copperas Cove man was arrested over the weekend on a warrant charging arson in connection with a fire that was started in the backyard of the apartment building in which he lives.

Brandon Howe Hartzburg was arrested on Sunday and was ordered held in lieu of $8,000 bond.

His name didn’t appear on the Coryell County Jail log Wednesday.

An arrest warrant affidavit says officers were sent at around 11:50 p.m. on Sunday to the apartment building in the 200 block of Erby Avenue after a caller reported an explosion and flames in the backyard.

When police arrived they found flames and smoke coming from the back of the building and they saw a man using a garden hose to extinguish the fire.

After the flames were put out, police found a pile of clothing and other items from Hartzburg's apartment that had been set on fire, the affidavit says.

Police also found a small can at the scene that contained the gasoline they say was used to start the fire.


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