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Two Area Teens Charged With Arson in Latest Round of Intentionally Set Fires

MCFMO Investigators working to identify suspects in several arson cases throughout unincorporated areas of Montgomery County.


On Wednesday evening, just after 7:30 PM, residents near the Montgomery Pines apartments reported that someone was setting fire to brush next to the apartments. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fire Marshal’s responded to the area along with the Porter Fire Department. As the fire was being extinguished, two 17 year old males were detained attempting to flee the area.

Both teens were arrested and charged with Arson, a 2nd degree felony. At the time of this report, the investigation is ongoing and a motive has not been determined. Investigators will be working to determine if they are involved in other area arson fires.

A series of suspicious fires has occurred in the area of Needham and Ford Road in Porter, with the most recent fire breaking out this last Monday. MCFMO Arson Investigators are also investigating another round of wildfires set in South Montgomery County near the Spring Creek Nature Reserve. Units from the South Montgomery County Fire Department have responded to a series of fires in that area recently, assisted by the Texas Forest Service and numerous other area agencies. At this hour Firefighters and Fire Marshals are on scene at the latest arson fire, located between the Spring Trails Subdivision and the Montgomery / Harris County line.

This fire is estimated to be at 10 acres at this time, with no structures threatened, as it is in a heavily wooded area. The Texas Forest Service is assisting South Montgomery County, as well as the Porter Fire Department with their UTV equipped for firefighting.

Anyone with information about any of these fires is urged to contact the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office or Montgomery County Crimestoppers.

Arrested Subjects

Johnny Matthew Hollis,

Zachary Hyatt Hallmark

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