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Rio Hondo Fires Burns in Vacant House

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A vacant home in Rio Hondo caught on fire after some young boys were spotted leaving it. The house is next door to the parent’s of a lineman with the Chicago Bears, Roberto Garzo Jr. Four firetrucks and two pumper trucks responded to the scene. It took about an hour for the vacant home to burn to the ground. Fire crews worked to keep the Garzo’s home from burning as well. The house fire is believed to be an act of arson.

The fire , which started Monday afternoon in a vacant home next door at the intersection of Roberto Garza Jr. Drive and Heywood Streets, is being investigated as arson, a fire official at the scene said.

The owner of the vacant home was called to the scene by a neighbor. The vacant home had been boarded up and had no utility services. It was kept vacant for a few years before the fire.