Suspect arrested in massive shopping center fire that killed firefighter

(Photo courtesy of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office) 

More than four months after a local firefighter died while battling a massive fire at a shopping center, Bexar County District Attorney confirmed police have arrested a suspect in the case.

Authorities say Emond J. Johnson is believed to be involved in setting the fire that killed firefighter Scott Deem and injured firefighters Brad Phipps and Robert Vasquez. According to the Bexar County Magistrate's Office, Johnson is charged with murder, two counts of arson and bodily injury, two counts of arson, and one count of family assault.

According to police records, when confronted with video proof that he was at the gym near the time of the fire, Johnson admitted using his lighter to ignite a gasoline/oil mix in the back room of the gym.

When we were at the scene, Johnson said he owned the Spartan Box Gym in the shopping center. Police records show that he admitted getting eviction notices for the gym in the days leading up to the fire.

Watch his full interview here:

According to his Facebook page, Johnson posted a GoFundMe to help rebuild his gym after the fire destroyed it.

The fire at the Ingram Square shopping center has remained under investigation since late May, although no information about the investigation was released before this week.

San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood said his department has changed the way they respond to fires following the tragedy.

Watch the full press conference here:

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