Man accused of burning home, assaulting his estranged wife

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A 68-year-old Coryell County man is being held on multiple charges, accused of setting his wife’s house of fire and choking her.

Deputies were called to a home on Coryell County Road 341 near The Grove community at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday by the victim’s father who said that Oscar Rene Fajardo as pouring gasoline throughout the mobile home and was saying he was going to set it on fire.

As deputies were on the way, the Flat volunteer fire department was responding to the home that was by then on fire.

An arrest affidavit filed by a deputy said that as he was arriving at the gate to the property he noticed headlights from a vehicle backing out.

He ordered the driver to stop and get out at gunpoint, saying he smelled a strong odor of gasoline coming from the man.

He said the man, identified as Oscar Fajardo, told him that he owned the house and set fire to it and said he believed he had not done anything wrong.

Oscar Rene Fajardo

The victim told deputies she saw him bring a gas can into the house and began pouring gas throughout the house.

She told deputies the two were getting a divorce and that she had filed for a protective order.

The victim’s father who lived next door said she had come running to tell him what was happening.

As the victim’s father was calling the Sheriff, he saw flames by the porch, flames spread throughout the house and then as Fajardo was jumping off the front porch heard an explosion.

The victim told deputies she had been assaulted several times prior to the fire including one time on July 15 when she was choked and could not breath.

Fajardo was booked into the Coryell County Jail on charges of arson of a habitation and assault family violence.

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