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Texas police arrest man for allegedly setting fire outside Dem lawmaker's office: reports

A Texas man was reportedly arrested Wednesday after police say he started a fire outside of Rep. Lloyd Doggett's (D-Texas) office in San Antonio.

Police said Richard Casares, 33, lit a fence on fire next to Doggett's office, according to media reports.

The fire almost reached Doggett's roof before firefighters stepped in and extinguished it, police said, according to

Casares admitted to starting the fire and was charged with arson and criminal mischief, the website reported. Police reportedly said they don't believe Casares was targeting Doggett or his office.

Doggett represents Texas's 35th Congressional District, which stretches from parts of San Antonio to Austin. He has been a member of the House since 1995.

"My great thanks to our police and firefighters, who responded quickly and professionally to contain the damage and assure no loss of life, and to my District Director MaryEllen Veliz, who was promptly on the scene," Doggett told "Their efforts assure that we will be fully accessible today to anyone with a federal concern."

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