Two more arson fires were ignited on South Almond Street and inside the railroad train station, officials said.
Albert Gonzalez, 21, was arrested along with a 15-year-old juvenile. Gonzalez was charged with burglary of a building and arson; and the juvenile was charged with possession of marijuana, tobacco products and arson.
Gonzalez has total bond of $30,000 and the juvenile was transported to detention center in San Diego.
On Thursday evening, a police officer spotted smoke coming out of the windows of the old Railroad Train Station on the corner of Aransas and Front Street. The officer called the fire department about 7:30 p.m.
Fire Marshal Patrick Thomas said individuals started five small fires with material inside the building including cardboard boxes. The northwest side door was forced open, police said. And a black safe was found outside of the building, which did not belong to the railroad company, police said.
"The (suspects) left some solid evidence," Thomas said. "We found footprints inside the building."
Thomas said they worked along side the Alice police and the Railroad police officers.
After the fire fighters extinguished the fires, Thomas noticed one of the suspects on a bicycle.
"The suspect came back to the scene," he said.
Officers were called and they located the juvenile on King and First streets. Police found 8.8 grams of marijuana on him and cigarettes.
Thomas said they were able to compare footprints and matched them with the juvenile's Nike shoes.
The juvenile confessed to being inside the train station building and told police where they could find Gonzalez.
"We appreciate Sgt. (Michael) Jaramillo and Fire Marshal (Patrick) Thomas for their invaluable experience they bring to keep our community safe along with the rest of the firefighters and police," City Manager Andy Joslin said.
On Wednesday, a pair of wooden rocking chairs were set on fire in a vacant apartment on 1015 south Almond Drive. The homeowner reported the fire on Thursday. Soot covered the inside of the apartment, the report said. A large footprint was located on the front door.
Other arson fires still being investigated include a house on East Fifth Street, another on South Almond Street, Two structure homes on Hobb Street and two vehicle fires on Olmito Street.
"We are getting closer to connecting each of these arsons," Thomas said. "We are sweeping the entire city along with codes department."
Community Development, City manager's office, police and fire departments coordinated their efforts to locate additional individuals who may be responsible for setting other fires.
"It's not over yet," Thomas said. "We have a lot of work to do. We are keeping vigilant."
The city is asking the public for help and encourages all homeowners to call police about information on these fires. And if anyone sees anything suspicious in their neighborhood to call police at 361-664-0186 or Crime Stoppers of South Texas at 664-STOP. Also call Community Development Department if a vacant home needs to be secured at 361-668-7250.
"It's extremely unusual to have two arsons back-to-back," Jaramillo said. "We are doing good in solving this epidemic."