HOUSTON – A teen accused of starting a fire at an apartment complex in northwest Houston Tuesday appeared in court Wednesday night.
Jose Espinoza Villanueva has been charged with arson and intent to cause damage to a habitation after the fire damaged 16 units and displaced several residents.
The incident was reported around 1 p.m. at the complex, located in the 5900 block of Flintlock Road.
Firefighters arrived at the scene and performed extinguishment efforts to contain the blaze. No firefighters or civilians were reportedly injured.
Investigators learned that Villanueva set clothes on fire inside of a closet, which caused the large blaze to spread throughout the complex.
Villanueva appeared before the judge around 10 p.m. where his bond was set at $75,000. As part of his bond conditions, Villanueva is not allowed back at the complex, must wear a GPS ankle monitor, surrender his passport and submit to drug testing.