Editor’s note: This story has been updated as new information was made available to our station.
The Donna police department responded to the fire on Tuesday at approximately 7:00 a.m. after officials saw heavy smoke at the 100 block of South Main Street.
According to Donna police, the building was engulfed in fire when officials arrived. Arson was suspected and officials were able to locate a suspect in the area who was later identified as 24-year-old Armando Olivarez.
Investigators within the department interviewed Olivarez who admitted that he started the fire in an attempt to kill his girlfriend who was inside the building with her ex-boyfriend.
Olivarez has been charged with arson, a second degree felony, and criminal attempt capital murder of multiple persons, a first degree felony.
Both victims, who were identified by police as 41-year-old Rosa Sanchez Qualls and 23-year-old Gerardo Gabriel Reyna, were trespassing in the building when the incident took place and have been charged with criminal trespassing, a class B misdemeanor.
DONNA, Texas (KVEO) — The Donna Fire Department is responding to a structure fire. Donna Police Chief Gilbert Guerrero says the fire is at South Maine.
Chief Guerrero says the fire is suspected arson and two people were detained for questioning.
Mercedes, Weslaco, San Juan and Alamo fire department are assisting.
Details are limited at this time. Check back for updates.