Man, 58, charged with arson in fire that damaged Austin's historic Buford Tower on April 1
Austin fire investigators have charged a 58-year-old man with first-degree arson in connection with a blaze that damaged the historic Buford Tower in downtown Austin on April 1.
David Rosenblum was arrested April 2 and remained in the Travis County Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $10,000. If convicted, he could face at least five years in prison.
The tower, built in 1930 for fire training, was later named in honor of James L. "Jimmy" Buford, an Austin Fire Department captain who drowned in 1972 while attempting to rescue a 15-year-old boy who also drowned in Shoal Creek.
According to Rosenblum's arrest warrant affidavit, the fire began in a dwelling that he built out of sticks and wood next to the tower. The fire caused more than $12,000 worth of damage, investigators said.
Investigators obtained surveillance video of the area and saw Rosenblum igniting the fire, the affidavit said.
He told investigators, he was "not in the least bit upset about burning it down," the affidavit said.
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