A North Texas liquor store owner has been charged with selling alcohol to a teenager who died later that night with five friends in a fire.
Hood County Fire Marshal Brian Fine says teens and others fell asleep after drinking at a March birthday party.
Fine says alcohol consumption may have been a factor in preventing them from escaping the accidental fire in the mobile home in Granbury, south of Fort Worth. The six victims were ages 16 to 30.
Authorities said Tuesday James Joseph Buckley, owner and sole employee of USA Liquor, previously known as Fuggedaboutit Liquor has been charged with two counts of selling alcoholic beverages to a minor. The misdemeanor is punishable by a fine up to $4,000 and/or up to a year in jail.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission also wants to revoke the liquor license of USA Liquor.