Brownsville Fire Investigators Trying to Unravel Arson Case

Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 10:29am

The Brownsville Fire Department believes they have an arson case on their hands.

A small house fire started around nine Thursday night, was quickly extinguished, but then the home caught on fire again just hours later.

It was through the front window of a house off of Rey Enrique that something flammable was tossed sparking flames in the sitting area of the kitchen.

Neighbors living on both sides of the home off teamed up to try and put the relatively small fire out until the Brownsville Fire Department arrived.

Within about 30 minutes the fire was extinguished, the fire department left, and the neighbors returned to their homes.

"At 3:00 in the morning our daughter, who her room is adjacent to the house, she came to us banging on the door saying she was scared." said neighbor Jose Perez.

Right about that time authorities were knocking on his door telling him he and his family needed to get out of their house. Once Perez stepped outside he saw why.

"We could see the fire flames about 15 to 20 feet high and they were starting to engulf our house." he noted.

Luckily flames never reached his home, but they did reach his neighbors...the intense heat cracked his windows on the second story of his home.

The city fire Marshal, Ben Nunez, tells News Center 23 no one was home at the time of the blaze and neighbors say the mother and two teens who rent the property hadn't been seen for weeks.

Fire investigators believe who ever started the fire at around nine Thursday night came back at around three a.m. Friday morning to finish the job.

If you have any information on this suspicious fire contact the Brownsville Fire Department or Crime Stoppers at 546-TIPS.


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