Arrest made in weekend arson cases; suspect believed to be connected to 15+ fires

Arson suspect
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AUSTIN ( -- Fire officials say they've made an arrest in the case of two weekend fires that were intentionally set.

42-year old John Adam Henry was arrested Sunday on two felony charges, one of which is related to a weekend fire in the 3100 block of South Congress Avenue that happened early Sunday morning.

The fire on South Congress caused significant damage to Crow Bar, with damage throughout the two-story structure. Fire crews are also investigating a blaze at an abandoned commercial building about a mile south of the Crow Bar scene, on South 1st Street.

Fire officials also believe Henry is connected to roughly a dozen other smaller grass, trash, and dumpster fires, and say additional charges are pending.

"We believe that a minimum of 15 incidents are connected to this suspect and expect to file additional charges as we work to complete our investigation," Austin fire spokeswoman Lisa Cortinas said in a statement.

Henry was arrested Sunday on an unrelated felony charge, officials said.