LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Fire Department is investigating what they believe are three arson cases within about 90 minutes and less than a mile apart early Tuesday.
According to LFD spokesman Steve McCool, the first fire was around 4:50 a.m. and obviously intentional. He said a homeowner in the 900 block of O'Quinn Avenue woke up after he heard something hit his house. He went outside and saw a stick on fire against his house. He put the fire out and called police. It also appears the gas tank of some vehicles in the area were tampered with, McCool said.
The next fire was called in around 5:21 a.m. at a vacant, boarded-up house in the 1400 block of Keltys Street. McCool said it started on the back of the house and the fire gutted it. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to put it out.
While firefighters were working that fire, they learned of a third fire in the 1000 block of Hosea Dolphus Avenue. McCool said a pickup truck in behind a residence had some lumber and trash in it, and someone set it ablaze. Firefighters were able to put it out quickly.