Lufkin fire marshal office says arson not ruled out in Old Mills Road house fire

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –  The on-scene investigation of a Sunday evening house fire on Old Mills Road was completed Monday afternoon, but Lufkin Assistant Fire Marshal Steve McCool says that's only the beginning.

He says evidence at the scene of the Kelty's area home look suspicious - so he was unable to rule out arson as a cause of the blaze.

McCool says he will now move onto conducting interviews and more research.

The fire marshal office believes the fire started in a back bedroom of the home, and added that an accidental cause hasn't been ruled out either.

Several people were living in the home, but no one was home when the fire ignited.

Windy conditions didn't make things any easier for Lufkin firefighters trying to put out a house fire Sunday evening.

A little before 5:30 PM a fire was reported at a home on Old Mills road near McMullen drive in the Kelty's area of Lufkin.

It took almost 15 minutes after the fire fighters arrived to get the flames under control.

The entire home was engulfed in flames and smoke before being put out.

The Assistant Fire Marshal Steve McCool was called out to begin an investigation into the cause.

Law enforcement at the scene believed no one was home when the fire started.

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