Suspicious fire on McHale Street in Lufkin under investigation

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An investigation is underway into a suspicious afternoon fire that destroyed a reportedly abandoned house in Lufkin.

There were no injuries reported from the fire but the Lufkin fire marshal, Steve McCool said the fire is being considered suspicious because there was no electricity at the residence and the house was reportedly vacant.

Erryn McDaniel was driving home from work Monday afternoon when she noticed flames coming out of a house on McHale Street in Lufkin.

McDaniel said, "I guess it was only the right side of the house that was on fire and so I called and it took them maybe 10 seconds to get here and like by that time pretty much the whole house was on fire."

Lufkin Fire Department, training chief, Jesse Moody said they received the call just after 2 PM and responded to the scene.

"We responded with 3 stations and 17 men. We arrived on scene and found this home fully involved. No one was living here at the time and the cause of the fire is under investigation. There's no injuries and none of our guys are injured," said Moody.

The homeowner's name has not been released but the owner's father did come to the property. He did not want to be on camera or give his name but said his daughter lived at the house on and off but was not living there currently.

Fire fighters were able to get the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

Moody said, "Well we did an exterior attack. Only one room was involved it was vented through the roof but it went out quickly. It doesn't appear there were a whole lot of furnishings in there so the fire load was light which contributed to getting it out sooner."

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