Fire Burns 4th Vacant Houston Building In One Week

Investigators believe the fire was arson because the building has no electricity or utilities.


Firefighters in southeast Houston battled a blaze at a vacant building for the fourth time this week, leading them to believe one person may be responsible for them all, authorities told KPRC Local 2 Friday.

The home on Aldis Street at Fuqua Street went up in flames at about 12:30 a.m.

One of two dogs inside the home died in the fire.

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While arson is suspected in four vacant building fires this week, this is the only blaze where firefighters noticed suspicious activity.

Houston Fire Department District Chief Tommy Dowdy said investigators believe the fire was the work of an arsonist because the building has no electricity or utilities.

Firefighters responded to two calls in the same neighborhood Wednesday night. One of the fires was at an apartment complex under renovation on Lenora Street at Bellfort Street. At the same time, a vacant building down the road on Lyndhurst Drive at Bellfort also went up in flames.

The first fire of the week broke out Tuesday afternoon at an empty medical building on Bellfort and Lenora.

HFD arson investigators hope posting signs promising a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction will help them find the person responsible for igniting the fires.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.

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