Officials investigating multiple arson cases in North Lufkin neighborhood

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 5:16pm

Lufkin fire officials are currently investigating several arson and attempted arson cases that took place early Tuesday and Wednesday morning in north Lufkin.

Three incidents were reported on Tuesday. The first was reported at 4:45 a.m., when authorities were alerted to a possible attempted arson at a house on the 900 block of O'Quinn Avenue. Lufkin Police Department officers responded to the address and found a burn mark on the outside of the residence that appeared to have been caused by a burning object being placed or thrown against the building. The resident inside was able to extinguished the fire before emergency crews arrived.

A second arson case on Tuesday was reported 40 minutes later at 5:20 a.m. Authorities received a report of a fire at a vacant home in the 1400 block of Keltys Street. Officers arrived to flames at the rear of the residence, but quickly extinguished them.

At 6:15 a.m., a third call for help was made when reports surfaced of a vehicle on fire in the 1000 block of Hosea Dolphus Sr. Avenue . Lufkin fire crews extinguished lumber that they found burning in the bed of a truck.

The fourth arson case took place Wednesday at 3:50 a.m. Fire officials received a report of a large blaze at a vacant house near the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Keltys Street. Responding emergency crews found three structures on fire in the 900 block of Wilson Avenue -- al were vacant. Lufkin Fire Marshal Steve McCool stated that his preliminary investigation indicates that the fire originated at 914 Wilson Avenue and spread to the two structures at 916 Wilson Avenue. The fire destroyed the structure at 914 Wilson Avenue.

At this time, the fires appear to be the result of arson, but no reports of injury have been received. Lufkin Fire Marshal Steve McCool is leading the investigation and Lufkin Police Department has assigned multiple officers to assist the Fire Marshal in the investigation and to conduct targeted patrols of the area in marked and unmarked vehicles.

Anyone with information concerning these fires or the identity of the person(s) responsible for setting the fires can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or by submitting an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers Tipsters never have to give their name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest related to these crimes.


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