HFD investigators say 2-alarm apartment fire was intentionally set

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 7:54 PM

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HOUSTON -– Arson investigators said Wednesday a two-alarm apartment fire in southwest Houston was intentionally set.

The blaze was reported shortly after 5 a.m. on Sapling Way near Gustine Lane, according to the Houston Fire Department. All of the residents managed to evacuate on their own, and no injuries were reported.

Firefighters put out the fire but not before it shot through the complex’s roof. At least four units sustained serious damage, displacing several families with small children.

Firefighters said the two units where the fire started were vacant and had no electricity, making the fire suspicious from the beginning.

As the sun came up Wednesday, arson investigators were still combing through debris looking for clues. HFD later announced the fire was set using a flammable liquid. No suspects were identified.

HFD said about 140 firefighters were called to the scene, including firefighters from stations 51 and 68 that loss four firefighters to a motel blaze 12 days ago.

Anyone with information about this fire is urged to contact Houston Arson at 713-247-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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