LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An investigation into the cause of the blaze that gutted a house on McHale Street Monday revealed that it was electrical in nature.
According to an official with the Lufkin Fire Department, the investigation determined that electrical power was restored to the home at 2:05 p.m. after it had been off for about a month, and the fire started at 2:07 p.m. No further information on the cause of the fire is available at this time.
At first, the fire was considered suspicious in nature because, at first, it appeared that there was no electricity at the residence, and it was vacant when the fire broke out.
Erryn McDaniel, who called 911, said she was driving home from work Monday afternoon when she noticed flames coming out of the house on McHale Street. McDaniel said even though Lufkin fire crews arrived on the scene quickly, "pretty much the whole house was on fire" when they got there.
Jesse Moody, the Lufkin Fire Department's training chief, said they responded with three stations and 17 men. No one was in the home at the fire, and no one was injured as a result of the blaze, Moody said.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about 30 minutes.
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. However, he said his daughter lived at the house on and off, but was not living there currently.