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'Suspicious' fire destroys building on Loop 287

Fire engulfed a building near the corner of Homer Alto Road and Loop 287. Fire engulfed a building near the corner of Homer Alto Road and Loop 287.
Flames appeared to have spread from the rear of the building. Flames appeared to have spread from the rear of the building.
A victim with suspected burn injuries was seen near the building at the time of the fire. A victim with suspected burn injuries was seen near the building at the time of the fire.
The Lufkin Fire Department works to extinguish the fire using hoses. The Lufkin Fire Department works to extinguish the fire using hoses.

By Lane Luckie - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Investigators are calling a fire that destroyed single-story structure Monday night, "suspicious."

The building, located near the corner of Homer Alto Road and Loop 287, caught fire sometime after 11 p.m.  Within minutes, the flames spread to the entire building.

Assistant Lufkin fire marshal Steve McCool said a victim, who appeared to have suffered burns from the fire, was witnessed at the location at transported to a hospital.

Several fire engines from the Lufkin Fire Department responded, as well as traffic support from the Lufkin Police Department. 

The fire was put out shortly before midnight.  The building sustained major damage, as much of the roof had collapsed. Only charred pieces of the structural frame remained.

Wade Sullivan of Gann Medford Real Estate said he was brokering the property and that the building had no value.

"It's an old office building that was actually scheduled for demolition," he said. "There was no electricity hooked up to it."  The owner revealed that creosote lumber was used to build the structure and that the material burns faster and hotter than normal lumber.

Sullivan estimated the building's size to be between 1,500 to 1,800 square feet. He said the owner lives in Lovelady and is selling the quarter-acre property in which the building is part of. 

Assistant Fire Marshal Steve McCool says the investigation is still in its early phase and would not comment on the status of the man taken to the hospital and if drugs were involved in the cause of the fire.

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