Big Spring Police Continue Search for Arson Suspects

by Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Police in Big Spring continue to hunt for suspects after a string of suspicious fires in town, and now, they think all of them are connected.

Much of what's left in a wooden shed off Johnson Street in Big Spring is barely recognizable.

Owner Jose Ortega says it's tough looking through all the torched rubble.

Ortega says he woke up early Thursday morning around 3:00 a-m to see the shed go up in flames.

"What happened was I heard a crashing noise, and when I heard it, it just popped on me, maybe somebody was trying to break in my house in the back, and so I had to go to the bathroom window to look, and that's when I saw the fire," Ortega said.

Ortega says he tried to call police, but the line was dead, the nearby telephone pole was also damaged in the fire.

The fire didn't just destroy a few knickknacks.

Ortega is a big football fan, and since 1989, he's been collecting all kinds of sports memorabilia worth thousands and thousands of dollars.

"All this stuff here is my livelihood. I have starting lineups, I have sports cards, hot wheels, all my tools are back here and they all, they're all burnt, so I lost everything in the fire, and now I don't know what I'm going to do.

The Fire Marshall tells NewsWest 9 this shed isn't the only suspected arson.

This week, authorities found a car set on fire behind the AT&T building on Runnels.

Plus there were two other structure fires in the same neighborhood.

Officials say there's good reason to think all the fires are connected.

For Jose Ortega, he hopes they find those responsible.

"You know, this happened to me, and I'm glad nobody got hurt or anything, but just think if somebody was inside the house or anywhere else, and it caught on fire, somebody could get hurt.

Fire investigators say so far, there are no reported injuries in any of the fires.

If you have any information, you are urged to call Big Spring Police or Big Spring CrimeStoppers at 263-TIPS.