Boy charged with arson in deadly fire
July 11, 2013, 7:00 pm by From Staff Reports
A 12-year-old boy is in custody and charged with arson causing bodily injury/death in connection with a mobile home fire in Granite Shoals that killed an 8-year-old boy and hospitalized his grandmother.
The mobile home caught fire at about 10 a.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of Kings Valley Road in Granite Shoals.
The fire claimed the life of 8-year-old James Loftin and hospitalized his grandmother, Connie Loftin, who was transported to Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio with burn-related injuries.
Officials said the fire also killed five dogs. One Granite Shoals firefighter suffered an ankle injury.
Officials have not yet confirmed whether the boy charged with arson is related to the injured woman or deceased child. Authorities did not release information where the youth was being held.
A fund for the funeral and household goods has been set up at the Anthem Bank and Trust in Granite Shoals. For more information contact 830.590.4444
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