HOUSTON — A Houston man was left without a home early Wednesday after a fire completely consumed his southeast side property, firefighters said.
Now investigators want to know if something may have been left on the front porch that started the blaze.
According to the Houston Fire Department, the fire was reported on Cullen Boulevard at Dallas Street around 1:30 a.m. The first firefighters on the scene found heavy flames shooting from the one story home. A neighboring property was at risk of also catching fire.
Despite reports that the male homeowner was trapped inside, firefighters found he was able to escape on his own.
It took crews about 30 minutes to get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported.
Arson investigators were called to the scene to look over what was left of the property. There was no early word on what may have caused the fire, but an early report indicated it was suspicious.
Neighbors said threats have been made to burn down buildings in the area.
“Threats have been made, not about these buildings, but just around here,” one neighbor told KHOU 11 News. “You know, burning places up. It’s scary.”
They said the person who lost his home Wednesday morning was an elderly man who liked to collect paintings.
“The man right here, he’s a real old man. He’s a real nice man. He’s a good guy. He don’t bother no body, and I can’t understand why somebody would want to do that.”
Residents said the man did not have renter’s insurance.