The October fire at the house of Heinrich Siemens, the Texas man whose 13-year-old son Ricky crashed into a bus filled with USW golfers on Tuesday, was likely sparked when an occupant cooked meth, DailyMail.com can reveal.
When emergency services responded to reports of a fire the family’s home on U.S. 180 East in Seminole around 3:18pm on October 24, 2021, an unnamed occupant told first responders that ‘they were cooking meth,’ according to a fire report obtained by DailyMail.com from the Gaines County Sheriff’s Department.
A later dispatcher’s note calls the fire scene a ‘possible meth house.’
Aganetha Siemsens, a family friend who is not related to the victims, had told DailyMail.com on Thursday that the family’s home burnt down after ‘the 13-year-old made some eggs and forgot about it’ just before Christmas last year.
Agatha Siemens, Heinrich’s wife and the mother of his son Ricky, lodged the initial 911 call to police and told emergency services that the fire had started on the stove.
The family had lived in the home for a decade, according to WPXI. The community of Seminole, a rural town of about 7,500, rallied around the Siemens at the time. Although they were physically unscathed, Agatha wrote on her Facebook page that they had ‘lost everything’ in the blaze, including one of their family dogs.
It is unclear whether charges were pressed against Heinrich Siemens or any other members of the household. DailyMail.com reached out to the Gaines County Sheriff’s Department for clarification.
Ricky was driving the pickup truck that veered into a van on Highway 115 in Midland, Texas, earlier this week and caused a fiery crash, killing himself, his father and the seven occupants of the van: six University of Southwest golf players and their coach.
Heinrich, a Mennonite father-of-five, was facing two criminal charges that could have landed him in prison because of his previous criminal history at the time of his death and already had a laundry list of criminal charges and convictions stemming back as far as 2004, according to additional documents procured by DailyMail.com from the Gaines County Sheriff’s Department.
The October fire at the house of Heinrich Siemens (pictured), the Texas man whose 13-year-old son Ricky crashed into a bus filled with USW golfers on Tuesday, was likely sparked when an occupant cooked meth, DailyMail.com can reveal. Pictured here is his 2021 mugshot, taken after Siemens was arrested for the aggravated assault of his wife
Ricky Siemens, 13, (pictured) was driving the family’s Dodge truck when it blew a tire, crossed the center line and slammed into the University of the Southwest golf team
When emergency services responded to reports of a fire the family’s home on US 180 East around 3:18pm on October 24, 2021, an unnamed occupant told first responders that ‘they were cooking meth,’ according to a fire report obtained by DailyMail.com from the Gaines County Sheriff’s Department
On Tuesday, Siemens had allowed his son, Ricky, to drive the family’s 2007 Dodge 2500 in Andrews, Texas, when he lost control and slammed into a bus transporting six student golfers from the University of the Southwest and their coach who were returning to New Mexico from a tournament in Texas.
The front left tire, a spare, blew out as it hurtled down the flat Texas road at a high rate of speed, causing it to cross the center line into oncoming traffic and slamming into the bus.
Students Laci Stone, 18; Karisa Raines, 21; Mauricio Sanchez, 19, of Mexico; Travis Garcia, 19, of Pleasanton, Texas; Jackson Zinn, 22, of Westminster, Colorado; and Tiago Sousa, 18, of Portugal, all died
USW golf coach Tyler James, 26, was also killed.
The legal driving age in Texas, where the fatal accident took place, is 16 years old.
Along with Kiarisa, five USW golfers and their coach died in Texas on Tuesday night when a pickup truck rammed into their van, sending botch vehicles up in flams. Top row (L-R): Coach Tyler James, 26, and golfers Laci Stone, 18, and Jack Zinn, 22. Bottom row: Travis Garcia, 19, Mauricio Sanchez, 19, and Tiago Sousa, 18
Karisa (above), 21, was killed in the horrific accident with five other teammates and their coach
The 2007 Dodge 2500 pickup Ricky was driving before the crash, which saw the truck smash into the van full of golfers head-on
The twisted, charred wreckage of the van that carried members of the University of the Southwest women’s golf team sits on the side of the road Wednesday, the day after the fatal crash in Andrews County, Texas, that killed nine, including six golfers and their coach and the father and son
HEINRICH SIEMENS’ HISTORY OF CONVICTIONS DATING BACK TO 2004
- 2004: Charged with aggravated assault and failing to stop and render aid after intentionally driving his vehicle into the vehicle of Heater Michelle Stokes, according to court records
- 2007: Arrested for a DUI
- 2017: Charged with driving without a license
- 2021: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against his wife, Agatha Siemens, after holding scissors to her neck and burning her with a soldering torch
- 2021: Charged with Class A misdemeanor theft after allegedly stealing ‘numerous tools and 1 set of jump cables of the value of $750 or more but less than $2500’ from a man named Daniel Dyck
- February 10, 2022: Arrested for Class A misdemeanor theft; no charges were filed
Gary Raines, who lost his daughter, Karisa, 21, in the Tuesday crash, said the teenage driver’s father Heinrich ‘was guilty of not only stupidity and lunacy, but he was also guilty of child abuse.’
‘That is the very picture of lunacy – to allow a 13-year-old behind the wheel of a pickup traveling down the road at 70 miles per hour at night,’ Raines told the New York Post. ‘That has got to be the zenith of lunacy.’
While Raines acknowledged that the crash was an accident, he said his daughter’s death and the death of her six teammates and coach could have been prevented if Siemens had been sensible.
“Do I blame the kid for the wreck – I do not,’ he said. ‘Do I blame the father for the wreck, I do not. I blame the father for not having better sense.”
A fundraiser for funeral expenses for Karisa has raised more than $19,000 so far.
Last October, Siemens was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against his wife, Agatha Siemens.
Court records say that Siemens held ‘scissors against the neck of’ his spouse, and did then and there use or exhibit a deadly weapon, namely scissors, which in the manner of their use and intended use were capable of causing death or serious bodily injury, during the commission of the assault.’
The court records also state that Siemens, ‘intentionally, and knowingly, and recklessly caused bodily injury to’ the mother of his five kids, ‘by burning [her] with a soldering torch.’
The other pending criminal case against the late Siemens is a class A Misdemeanor theft charge, where the man, a member of the Mennonite church, is accused of stealing ‘numerous tools and 1 set of jump cables of the value of $750 or more but less than $2500’ from a man named Daniel Dyck.
Raines (right) said he would still have his daughter if not for Heinrich’s poor decision to let his son drive a truck speeding down a Texas highway. He also expressed his sympathies with the Siemens family, who he said were hurt by Heinrich’s actions
A fundraiser for funeral expenses for Karisa has raised more than $19,000 so far
A makeshift memorial was set up at the Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico, where the team practiced. ‘These kids were great kids and they were great, great community members,’ said manager Ben Kirkes
According to Gaines County Sheriff Jail records, he was arrested again on February 10, 2022, mere weeks before the crash, for theft a Class A Misdemeanor. No criminal charges have been filed on his latest arrest.
Court record show Siemens was charged with aggravated assault and failing to stop and render aid in 2004.
Siemens intentionally drove his vehicle into the vehicle of Heater Michelle Stokes, knowingly causing bodily injury to her according to court records.
He pleaded guilty to the felony charge of failure to stop and render aid, but at sentencing the judge cut him a break and deferred his guilty plea.
Siemens was given a $1,000 fine and had to pay the victim $3600 in restitution and 200 hours of community service.
In 2007, Siemens was arrested for a DUI. A few months later he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge.
According to court records he was fined $500, sentenced to 45 days in the county jail, given 24- hours of community service, his driver’s license was suspended for a year and given one-year probation.
In 2017 he was charged with driving without a valid license, the charges were later dismissed.
Siemens, a member of the Mennonite Church, had a laundry list of criminal charges and convictions stemming back as far as 2004 at the time of his death
Court records obtained by DailyMail.com show that Siemens had a litany of criminal charges at the time of his death, including threatening bodily injury against a family member, his wife, in June 2021
Agatha Siemens, pictured here, lost her husband Heinrich, 38, and her son Ricky, 13, in the crash. Court documents revealed how she was assaulted by her late husband last year
Agatha Siemens, (pictured left) pictured here with husband Heinrich (right), and mother of Ricky, posted tribute photos of her lost men on social media
Ricky Siemens, pictured left in baseball cap, was driving a truck that crashed into a bus, killing himself, his father Heinrich, right, and six students traveling in the bus, as well as their 26 year-old golf coach
His wife Agatha posted a tribute to the boy on Facebook with a photo of their sandy-haired son sporting a crewcut in his NASA T-shirt and tracksuit pants, grinning broadly at the camera.
‘I miss you so much,’ she wrote over the photo, with the music from a Casting Crowns song plays in the background.
She also posted photos of her husband Heinrich, who is pictured hugging her from behind as they both smile into the camera.
‘Love of my life,’ ‘I love you so much’ and ‘My Best Friend’ appear across the photo.
Funeral services are being planned at the Mennonite Evangelical Church in Seminole, Texas, where the family lives.