LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin home owner believes someone shot a flare gun through a window of his house and set his couch on fire late Monday night.
“I’m just happy that no one was hurt,” said Julius Green, the home owner. “I thank God that it just wasn’t meant to be.”
According to a police report, the incident occurred at a house in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Drive at approximately 11:42 p.m. Monday. Sgt. David Casper, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, said that the victim told police that everyone was in bed, and they woke up to the smell of smoke.
"I woke up and saw fire, so me and my wife jumped up, and I told her to go to the kitchen," Green said. "I pulled the couch back, and by pulling it back, the fire got no air. It was blazing then. She went to the kitchen to grab water, and I poured water on it. It stopped, but then it blazed back up."
Green was able to get the burning sofa extinguished and got it out of the house before the flames could spread any further.
Casper said no one was injured, and nothing was located at the scene that might have been the source of the fire.
Green said that he thinks the person or persons responsible for setting his couch on fire were trying to make some noise to see if anyone was home before they attempted to steal the AC unit.
"I hope they end up catching it whoever did it, so they don't do it again because it could kill someone," Green said. "It can cause some innocent person's life."
If more evidence is found, the charges could be upgraded, Casper said.