Careless Griller Charged with Causing RV Park Fire

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September 7, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A misdemeanor charge of reckless damage or destruction was filed Tuesday (Sept. 6) against a Cibolo, Texas, man accused of starting the June 19 grass fire that caused nearly $500,000 in losses to Top of the Hill RV Park and destroyed several mobile homes, the San Antonio Express-News reported

The complaint filed in justice of the peace court says Alexander J. Lopez, 33, transported live coals on Interstate 10 that fell to the ground and ignited the fire, which burned 140 acres.

He declined comment.

Alerted by other I-10 motorists as the fire burned, investigators say they stopped Lopez's eastbound truck and found in its trailer a barbecue grill that was used at an earlier picnic and held burning embers.

The prosecution was welcomed by John Bollinger, owner of the park.

“We're still operating, but we've lost a lot of business,” he

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