Authorities arrest man they say set tree on fire in northeast Austin

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Authorities arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of setting a tree on fire in northeast Austin Sunday evening, said the Austin Fire Department.

It happened at 6:37 p.m. in the 6900 block of Wentworth Drive near the Travis County Expo Center.

When firefighters arrived, they found a tree on fire next to a two-story fourplex and a wooden privacy fence, AFD said.

They said the fire was extinguished in less than 20 minutes and there were no injuries.

Investigators determined the blaze was intentionally set, and the 18-year-old man was taken into custody. Charges are pending.

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