LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A fire that damaged a home in the 300 block of Abney Street early Tuesday is now considered suspicious in nature. The blaze is still under investigation, according to the Lufkin city fire marshal.
Lufkin City Fire Marshall Steve McCool said LFD personnel are still conducting interviews to determine the cause of the fire. He said they have concluded that the fire started in a pile of clothes next to a couch on the home's front porch.
According to a previous East Texas News story, the fire occurred between 12:36 and 2:19 a.m. Tuesday at a house in the 300 block of Abney Street. The home is still standing.
McCool said the person staying in the bedroom near the front porch woke up to the smell of smoke and discovered that a couch that had been sitting on the porch was on fire. The home's occupants attempted to douse the fire with water, but they were unsuccessful.
The occupants threw the couch into their yard, but it landed right next to the porch and caught the house on fire.