Man arrested in connection with Austin dumpster fires

Man arrested in connection with Austin dumpster fires
Man arrested in connection with Austin dumpster fires

Austin American-Statesman

A 60-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson after a series of dumpster fires on Tuesday, including one that spread to the French Quarter Grille in North Austin and caused $10,000 in damage, the Austin Fire Department said.

A dumpster fire was reported in the 12900 block of the North Interstate 35 southbound service road at 9:19 a.m. Tuesday, and several more dumpster fires were reported throughout the day, the Fire Department said in a news release.

An Austin Fire Department investigator observed Richard Dale Price walking near a dumpster fire and detained him without incident, the news release said. Price has been charged in connection with two fires and is a person of interest in at least five others.

He is charged with criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor, and arson, a state jail felony, Travis County records show. The latter charge stems from the fire that spread to the French Quarter Grille restaurant.

The investigation into the additional cases is ongoing, the news release said.

Price was being held in the Travis County Jail as of Wednesday evening, with no bond set, according to county records.

The French Quarter Grille will be closed until further notice, the restaurant said in a Facebook post. The restaurant initially said it hoped to reopen “in a few days,” but later said cleanup would take longer than expected.

“Fire and soot can cause so many health and safety issues,” the post said.

 
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