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State fire marshal calls Redland house fire suspicious

Lynn Ebarb holds one of the few things salvaged from the fire, a photograph of her son. Lynn Ebarb holds one of the few things salvaged from the fire, a photograph of her son.
In silence, Lynn Ebarb looks at what's left of her home. In silence, Lynn Ebarb looks at what's left of her home.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

REDLAND, TX (KTRE) – State fire marshals are investigating what they call a suspicious house fire in Redland. An eyewitness said he saw a thin-built man creep behind the home, where the fire started. The homeowner said she's lost everything and wants answers.

"We were happy here," said Lynn Ebarb, homeowner. "It was a beautiful home."

Three days ago, that happiness melted away like the rest of Ebarb's things in what neighbors and authorities call a suspicious fire.

"Standing behind me was all of my memories," she said.

Off-camera, a neighbor said he saw a thin-built man walking down the driveway to the back of the house, the same place the fire started.

"I just think it's awful that somebody would do something like this to somebody and just destroy their whole home and their memories," said Ebarb.

Her teenage son's trampoline now drapes a metal cage, rubble surrounds days old fruit and the collapsed ceiling hangs perfectly around her son's old room. Only a few things were salvaged from a fire Ebarb said didn't have to happen.

"The only thing I got to save was a picture that shows a little bit of my son," she said.

Now, she wants answers as to why she's left with nothing.

"Memories, they say they're in your mind, but when you can't actually see or feel or touch them that's even more devastating," said Barb.

A fund has been set-up at Commercial Bank of Texas in Lufkin under the name of Lynn Ebarb. Ebarb said anyone willing to clean up the remnants of her home can keep the scrap metal. For more information, contact Ebarb at 936-212-3478.

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