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$1M bond set for 1 of 2 arrested in northeast El Paso arson fire case

UPDATE, Aug. 10: Fire Marshals on Tuesday identified the two men arrested in connection with a Monday morning house fire in northeast El Paso that investigators determined was deliberately set.

22-year-old Marco Antonio Montalvo is charged with multiple counts of arson and is being held in the downtown jail on $1.1 million bond, while 26-year old Fabian Chavez is charged with two counts of failure to report a felony and was being held on $30,000 bond.

Investigators have not indicated a motive for the fire which occurred in the 5700 block of Marie Tobins, where one home was fully engulfed by flames which spread and also caused damage to a neighbor’s home; no one was injured.

Authorities said the pair were taken into custody a short time later - and less than a mile away - in the 5400 block of Rutherford Drive, after Montalvo allegedly set fire to a vehicle.

(Marco Antonio Montalvo and Fabian Chavez, arrested in an arson case.)

ORIGINAL REPORT, Aug. 9: EL PASO, Texas -- Two people have been arrested in connection with a Monday morning house fire in northeast El Paso that investigators determined was deliberately set.

The blaze, which broke out about 4:30 a.m., damaged a home and several cars in the 5700 block of Marie Tobins near Railroad and Hondo Pass.

A 22-year-old and a 26-year-old were taken into custody, authorities said. One was charged with arson, while the other was charged with failure to report the fire.

The identifies of the pair arrested were not immediately released by fire officials, nor did they provide any further details about the arson.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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