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Texan Charged with Arson, Grandson Dead in Truck

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    A South Texas man whose 2-year-old grandson was found dead in a burned-out pickup truck has been accused of starting the fire.

    Bexar County jail records show 51-year-old Joel Soto of San Antonio was being held Friday on a charge of arson of a vehicle. Jail records don't list an attorney for Soto, who was arrested Thursday and bond set at $150,000.

    The body of Jeremy Soto was recovered from the vehicle after the fire last Saturday.

    A San Antonio police report says the grandfather says he raised the hood to check for possible engine trouble when a flash fire knocked him back.

    The report says investigators believe the fire could have started inside the vehicle and Soto's injuries were inconsistent with his explanation of the blaze.