Investigators looking into 2nd suspicious fire in 9 days

No one injured, but home sustains extensive damage

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

July 13, 2007 - Sulphur Springs firefighters early this morning battle their third structure fire in nine days, and the second one investigators say is suspicious in nature.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Sulphur Springs firefighters early this morning battled a house fire on College Street. It is the second blaze in nine days which firemen have called suspicious in nature.

All three fires are currently under investigation.

The latest fire was called in at 3:06 this morning. Firemen arrived in two engines to find heavy fire and smoke visible in the wood frame house at 914 College St.

They were able to extinguish the flames quickly, containing the fire primarily to one room, but the structure sustained heavy heat and smoke damage. 

No one was injured. The residents Jenny Arndt and her three children, ages 7, 3 and 1, have been out of town most of the week. Arndt is expected to arrive back in town later today to speak with firefighters, SSFD Investigator David James said.

Firemen remained at the scene until just after 6 a.m. to make sure the blaze did not rekindle. During that time, James noted factors that made the blaze appear "suspicious" in nature.

In other news, the 63-year-old woman injured Tuesday in a fire on East Beckham Street has been released from the hospital.

James said one of Jo Ann Kelly's sons contacted firefighters this morning, notifying them that the woman firemen pulled out of her burning East Beckham Street residence Tuesday was being released from Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. She was expected to return to Sulphur Springs later today. James plans to speak with Kelly to get a better idea what caused the fire, which was thought to have started accidentally and was contained to the kitchen area of the home.

Also, a fire which occurred last Wednesday on West Industrial Drive is still being called suspicious. James said he has yet to definitively determine the cause.

Older Archives

Looking for News-Telegram Sports and News Archives for January 2004 - November 2008