Fire at medical clinic appears to be arson

January 24, 2010 4:48:52 PM PST
A medical clinic in northeast Harris County was burned and investigators say it looks like someone set fire to it on purpose. Right now, now they're looking for clues. The fire started overnight at the Foxbrick Plaza off FM 1960 near Foxbrick. Crews boarded up store fronts and business owners swept away a mix of smoke residue and broken glass.

"It was not a Molotov cocktail, but it was an intentionally set fire," said Lt Gustavo Lopez with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.

Investigators say just before midnight Sunday, someone used kerosene or gasoline to set the Bush Airport Medical Clinic on fire. While most of the fire was confined to the waiting room and the reception area, the smoke filled into neighboring businesses, like the Boot Shop.

"We'll be in operation Monday," said Boot Shop owner David Radowick. "All we can do is get the smoke out."

Monica Strange noticed the damage on her way to the nail salon.

"At least someone else's business wasn't destroyed as a result of that act," she said.

The shopping center was built two years ago, and has fireproof walls. Owner Tom Delancey has plans to install surveillance cameras next month. For now, he'll try to get his center back in order and reach the man whose clinic was targeted by an arsonist.

"We'll get it cleaned up and get the other businesses opened up," he said. "By Monday afternoon, everything will be back to normal, except for the doctor."

The doctor who owns the clinic has been talked to by police. He's not been called a suspect. We're told abortions were not performed there.