Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 1, 2013

Fire believed arson

Two out-of-town males arrested

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A joint investigation by the Henderson County Sheriff’s and Fire Marshal’s Offices into a blaze near Eustace, led to two arrests on Thursday.

Charles Ray Wofford, 28, of Forney was charged with arson, burglary of a building and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jimmy Douglas Taylor, 33, of Dallas was charged with arson, burglary of a building and failure to identify to a police officer. Both men remained in the Henderson County Jail on Friday afternoon.

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said communications received a call at 6:09 a.m. reporting a structure fire off Park Harbor Road. Two minutes later, Dep. Roy Cawthon saw two males about a half-mile from the fire, and detained them for the drug paraphernalia and failure to identify offenses.

Eustace and Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department units responded to fight the blaze that had swept through the building.  They were joined at the scene by members of the HCSO and Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg’s Office.  The fire marshal’s preliminary determination was that the fire was arson.

According to HCSO reports, the joint investigation turned up additional information and evidence regarding Taylor, Wofford and the fire. Affidavits for arrests were presented the Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Randy Daniel. Warrants for burglary of a building were issued and executed on the suspects at the Henderson County Detention Center.

At this time, authorities have no known evidence connecting the individuals to any additional criminal offenses in the county.