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Nov 12, 2013 10:28 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Aransas Pass Man Says Walmart is to Blame for Burn Injury

CORPUS CHRISTI - We have an interesting update on a story we've been following for some time.

Nearly a year and a half ago, an Ingleside barber shop was deliberately torched.

And there are still a lot of questions about what exactly happened that night, and if another case is connected to it.

Last May, 17 year olds Anthony Torres and Colton Warren were badly burned in what family members said was a backyard bonfire gone wrong.

That same night, around the same time, the Diamond Cuts Barber Shop in neighboring Ingleside burned down in what police say was a case of arson.

About a week later, 6 News discovered the State Fire Marshal's Office had started a criminal investigation and was looking at a possible connection between the two fires.

Now, 6 News has learned Anthony Torres is suing Walmart, saying it's their fault he and Colton Warren got burned that night.

The lawsuit says the fuel container they bought from Walmart exploded on the two young men because it was defective and that Walmart knew about it's defects.

The suit reads, "The can was defective and unsafe for its intended purposes at the time it left the defendant's (Walmart) control in that the design failed to include a flame arrestor device, which is necessary and reasonable safety device that would have prevented plaintiff's severe injuries."

Fire marshals are investigating a possible connection between the backyard fire and the arson case with the barber shop because of several reasons, but their main question is why Torres and Warren never called 911 that night, even though they were badly burned.

When we talked to the Aransas Pass Fire Chief back in January, he told us the lack of 911 call could indicate some kind of cover up.

And stranger still, when we interviewed the barber shop's owner back in January, he seemed to indicate that he knew who burned down the shop, but that's all he would say.

Police have not said whether Warren or Torres are suspects in the arson case, and for now, the investigation still seems to be up in the air.

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