Arson investigators look into Heights fire

December 9, 2009 10:10:14 AM PST
An arsonist still on the loose in the Heights and the fire bug may have revisited a crime scene overnight. Around 1am, someone set fire to a home on Nashua and West 14th Street. That home was set on fire on Thanksgiving and it's just across the street from Friday morning's big fire that burned three buildings.

When crews arrived this morning, they found flames shooting from the one-story house. Fortunately, there was no one inside the home at the time of the fire. The residents moved out after the Thanksgiving Day fire.

Firefighters say the fire this time was confined to the back of the house. Fire crews say flames did jump to a two-story garage apartment though damage to that home, also miminal. Authorities on the scene do not believe it was accidental.

"It definitely looks suspicious, so arson is gonna be called on almost every fire we make in this area just to verify that it is being looked at thoroughly," said Chief Wallace Page with the Houston Fire Department.

Residents remain on edge due to all of the fires and one resident told Eyewitness News that he didn't sleep all last night. He says he just changed clothes and went straight into work because this is all so unnerving.

"This is the fifth one within five or six blocks of us and you just don't know where it's going to be next and what is going to happen next," he said. "So, you just wake up the next morning and say, 'Wow, we made it through the night with no fire.'"

More than 20 suspicious fires have ravaged the Heights area since August.

INVESTIGATOR CRASHES

One arson investigator did not make the scene of this morning's fire in the Heights. That's because that investigator is in the hospital. The arson unit was on the way to the fire when it collided with another car on 11th and North Durham.

The arson investigator was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The other driver was not ticketed because the arson unit did not have its emergency lights flashing at the time of the crash.


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