HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Henderson County Fire Marshal's Office has arrested two people in connection with a string of possible arsons in the Cherokee Shores subdivision.
Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg said after a long investigation into multiple fires in Cherokee Shores they obtained two arrest warrants for Tommy Lee Turner, 30, and Haley Lyhn Skaggs, 25, for arson of a habitation. They were both booked into the Henderson County Jail.
Renberg said Turner and Skaggs have been charged with one arson fire but are believed to be responsible for numerous abandoned home fires in Cherokee Shores. He said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely to follow.
According to an arrest affidavit, the duo are being charged in connection to the fire at 103 Pueblo St. on Jan. 16.
The affidavit states the Payne Springs Fire Department chief said there were footprints in the snow which led to a house on the 100 block of Huntoon Trail. On Jan. 17, Fire Marshal Shane Renberg determined the area of origin was the fireplace. He then drove around Cherokee Shores and spoke with two women who lived in the paths of the footprints who said Turner and Skaggs were living in the abandoned home. One of them said they told her they caught the house on fire and that Skaggs caught on fire during it.
On Jan. 25, Renberg said he met with Turner and Skaggs and took a recorded statement. The affidavit states Turner and Skaggs said they had been squatting in the home for almost a year and they had built some type of tent around the fireplace in the home to stay warm. They said Skaggs was painting with spray paint and caught the box springs used for the tent on fire and also caught Skaggs on fire.
Renberg stated in the affidavit that he did not notice any burns on either of them.
Turner and Skaggs are being investigated for several burglaries and theft of copper cases as well.