"I'm mad. I'm shocked," Ingram Square business owners react to deadly fire arrest
SAN ANTONIO – The arrest of a man accused of intentionally starting a deadly fire at a Northwest Side shopping center, has several business owners in the area outraged.
Emond Johnson was arrested on arson and murder charges in connection to the death of SAFD Firefighter Scott Deem, who was battling the blaze the night of May 18th 2017.
Johnson was the owner of The Spartan Box Gym, a business next to the Computer Repair Plus store, which burned down the night of the fire.
“We lost everything. All this new technology that we brought in,” said Robert Guerra, owner of Computer Repair Plus.
Guerra said he knew Johnson over the 4 month span his business was open at the Ingram Square.
“I'm mad. I’m shocked. I'm very upset. I am stunned. I still can't believe it. The guy was a great guy. I hooked him up with some of our technology,” said Guerra.
Guerra also added he had talked to Johnson the night of the massive fire.
“I said man, I’m sorry about the loss of your business. He said I’m sorry about yours. I can't believe this is happening. He was crying. I was crying,” said Guerra.
Other business owners at the mall said they are also in shock. However, for Guerra, who is a former firefighter himself, it has been extremely rough starting over.
“Someone makes a stupid decision and you lose everything. This was my family this is my life. This is my everything,” added Guerra.
Computer Repair Plus relocated has relocated on Tezel Rd.
Fox San Antonio also learned the motive behind the deadly fire is tied to financial problems and a looming eviction from the Ingram Square.