Someone is to Blame after Fire Destroys Home in Harlingen

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 9:06am

The county is asking for your help tonight as they search for the person or people responsible in setting this home on fire.

By the time Cameron County fire officials made it out here, the home was completely engulfed in flames. Harlingen firefighters made it to the home first but for them as well, it was too late to save it. The house was fully engulfed and the roof had already collapsed when officials arrived. Three fire trucks were used to extinguish the fire

County Fire Marshal, Armando Lucio, tells us the call was made before 9:30 last night. Neighbors saw trees burning and thought it was a grass fire. But it was no grass fire. The home that had been standing here for the last 50 years was burning to the ground. The owners showed up this morning but didn't wish to speak on camera. One of the relatives told us his mom is distraught. She grew up in this home and seeing it in these conditions is heartbreaking.

Lucio was back out at the home on Palm Boulevard near Harlingen this morning in hopes to find what sparked the fire, but so far, he's found nothing. But he has concluded someone deliberately set this place on fire.

"Trying to find something but it could've been just a lighter or a cigarette or whatever, you know."

With the dry conditions the lower Valley has experienced lately, Lucio says we're lucky this fire didn't spread to other areas.

"It is very dangerous and lucky, the firemen put it out in time because as you can see around us, it's dry grass and it could've gotten a lot more out of hand than what it did."

No one was living in the home at the time of the fire. In fact, no one had lived in it for a couple of years. Still, the family says this place held a lot of memories. But although the house doesn't look like the home they grew up in, they say those memories will live on.

If you have any information on this case, call the county fire marshal's office at: 956-547-7000.

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