Grand jury indicts 89-year-old man accused of burning vacant building

Grand jury indicts 89-year-old man accused of burning vacant building
Kermit Gabel, 89, of Tyler, was indicted on charge of arson by a Smith County grand jury last month. (Source: Smith County Jail)

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A Smith County grand jury indicted Kermit Frances Gabel on a single charge of arson.

The indictment was handed down on Feb. 2. Gabel, 89, of Tyler, is accused of setting fire to to a vacant structure at 205 S. Beckham Ave. in Tyler on Friday, Nov. 6. he was arrested nearly a week later on Nov. 11 on a charged of 1st Degree Felony Arson.

The Tyler Fire Department said a 89-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a fire at a vacant structure on Friday, Nov. 6.

The Tyler Fire Department was dispatched to this incident at 11:09 p.m. The structure was fully involved upon arrival of the responding units. Firefighters worked through the night on multiple incidents and cleared from this scene at 2:18 a.m. TFD responded with three Engines, one Ladder Truck, a Battalion Chief, and two investigators.

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