Police make an arrest for a late December arson


Decatur - Police have a suspect in custody, after a garage fire broke out in late December.


Firefighters were called to a home in the 1700 block of East Wood Street on December 31st, for a fire that started in a detached garage. The garage contained two vehicles, both sustained fire damage.


Fire inspectors determined the fire started on the north exterior wall, leading police to investigate the fire as arson. A surveillance camera mounted on the outside of the home showed a vehicle next to the alley just before the fire.


Police determined the car to belong to Arturo Alvarez, who later admitted to setting the garage on fire. The fire caused around $6,000 in damage, just to the detached garage alone.


Alvarez is being held on a $30,000 bond.

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