Authorities say a man who almost triggered a big explosion at a grocery shop in Deerfield Beach is being charged with arson.
Alexis Camacho, 37, was arrested for attempting to set fire to the Bravo Supermarket located at 4809 N. Dixie Highway, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies, and fire rescue teams arrived at the business and discovered numerous wooden pallets involved in flames at the store’s back.
The pallets were located near two huge propane tanks, and the fire from the pallets caused external damage to the structure.
After extinguishing the fire, the state fire marshal ruled that it had been intentionally set.
Investigators suspect Camacho forced a propane tank to produce gas vapor that, if lit, would have resulted in a major explosion, according to authorities.
There were nighttime shift employees in the store, but no one was injured.
Detectives identified Camacho as a suspect using “investigative techniques,” and he was promptly apprehended.
Officials would not speculate on a suspected arson motivation.
Friday, Camacho of Pembroke Pines was still being detained in prison on a $50,000 bail, according to records. Attorney details were unavailable.