Police Still Looking for Savoy Boarding House Arson Suspect

Arson investigators are still trying to hunt down the woman believed to be responsible for setting a fire at a boarding house with some 20 people inside on Tuesday night.

It happened around 7 p.m. at the Savoy boarding house in the 1500 block of Ramirez Street. Officials said someone had set fire to a utility closet on the second floor.

More than a dozen people who couldn't escape waited to be rescued on the building's rooftop.

"I guess there's witnesses that saw this lady doing it," Savoy co-owner Alfonso Rodriguez said. "Again, that's all rumors. The police are going to do their job and investigate, and eventually they'll find out exactly what happened."

"We have an idea. We have a name," said Assistant Fire Chief Andy Cardiel of the Corpus Christi Fire Department. "She is a person of interest and not only is she well known to local law enforcement, our police department, we know who we're looking for. She'll turn up soon and we'll bring her in."

The owners of the boarding house do not believe it will be re-opened.


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