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Longview Police Apprehend Man for Arson

Booking photo of Robert Haats

On August 22, 2023, at approximately 6:15pm, the Longview Fire Department responded to 1600 Alpine Road to a reported residential structure fire.

When crews arrived they reported heavy smoke and fire conditions with the possibility of a victim still inside the structure. Crews made an initial interior fire attack in conjunction with a primary search for a victim. Once the person who was thought to be in the structure was located in a detached garage a defensive attack was initiated due to the instability of the structure, which later suffered a partial roof collapse. One firefighter was treated on scene for a burn injury but did not require transport to the hospital. The person found in the detached garage was arrested by the Deputy Fire Marshal for arson and taken to the Gregg County jail with the assistance of Longview Police Department.

Robert Haats: Charge: Arson of a BLDG/HABIT/VEH Reckless Cause Damage

The Longview Fire Department responded with three (3) fire engines, two (2) ladder trucks, one (1) ambulance and four (4) support vehicles for a total of 21 personnel.

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