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  1. Authorities say a man torched furniture inside of an East Austin home Monday night before barricading himself in a back room and threatening firefighters with a gun. Shortly before midnight, the man – whose identity has not yet been released – left the house on his own and was arrested by Austin police after a nearly three-hour standoff.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2017 5:13:52 AM - SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman
  2. Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a fallen crane Monday afternoon on the outskirts of Downtown Dallas. When firefighters arrived at the location, just behind the Dallas Black Arts Dance Theatre, they found a large crane tipped over on its side and into a fenced-off area surrounding a T-Mobile cell phone tower.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2017 6:47:11 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
  3. A 44-year-old Fort Worth man who told the judge “go f--- yourself” during his trial was sentenced to 40 years in prison on an arson charge last week, officials said. Samson Moses Billiot was convicted of arson damage to a habitation, a first-degree felony, according to court records. He directed the expletive at state District Judge Scott Wisch when asked if he was guilty or not guilty at the beginning of his trial, prosecutor Julie Harbin said.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2017 5:53:27 AM - SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  4. Temple firefighters responded to a house fire Monday in South Temple, according to Thomas Pechal, spokesman for Temple Fire & Rescue. Fire units arrived at 507 S. 19th Street and found three occupants safely outside the residence. Once inside, they found a moderate amount of smoke throughout the house.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2017 7:18:27 AM - SOURCE: Temple Daily Telegram
  5. There is a movement to make a memorial monument in Arlington for public service heroes who are often overlooked. Now, donations are being collected to have a bronze memorial for Arlington fire and police dogs who have died in the line of duty or who have retired. "These dogs dedicate a part of their lives to helping keep the community safe and help keep us safe," Deputy Fire Marshal Morkita Anthony said.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2017 5:21:08 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas - Fort Worth

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