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Suspect arrested in connection with house fire on North Breckenridge Avenue

Suspect arrested in connection with house fire on North Breckenridge Avenue
August 01
22:16 2019

Breckenridge police arrested Fatime Vonesa Vraniqi, 38, of Breckenridge on Wednesday afternoon, July 31, in connection with a house fire that occurred in the 900 block of Breckenridge Avenue earlier that morning.

Fatime Vonesa Vraniqi

Vraniqi was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Steve Spoon on Thursday afternoon, and her bail was set at $10,000. She is charged with Arson of a Habitation and, as of Thursday evening, remains in custody in the Stephens County Jail.

According to Breckenridge Chief of Police Larry Mahan, Vraniqi was arrested following the results of a preliminary joint investigation by the Breckenridge Police Department and the Breckenridge Fire Department.

At this time, there is still an ongoing joint investigation between the two local departments and the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Breckenridge firefighters responded to the fire just shortly before 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Breckenridge police also responded to the scene and closed the two southbound lanes of the street to traffic because of emergency equipment in the roadway.

“We got a call from one of the neighbors, and they said this house was on fire,” Fire Chief Calvin Chaney said. “We got here within a minute and a half, and we had flames pushing out all the windows and doors.”

Chaney said nobody was in the house at the time of the fire and there were no injuries that they know of. He said that, as far as he knows, someone lives in the house and it had working electrical and water service.

In addition to the Breckenridge Fire Department and police emergency crews, Sacred Cross EMS service also responded to the scene.


Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge firefighters check a house in the 900 block of  North Breckenridge Avenue on Wednesday morning, following a fire in the house. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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