CONROE, Texas -- Authorities are investigating three overnight fires in east Montgomery County that destroyed two homes and damaged two others Tuesday night.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal s Office said just after 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, New Caney, Caney Creek and Central Montgomery County firefighters were called to a mobile home fire in the 14600 block of Country West Drive, in the Country West Subdivision off FM 1485.

When firefighters arrived they found one mobile home was fully engulfed in fire, and the fire was spreading to an adjacent mobile home. No one was in either home.

The neighbors who discovered this fire told fire crews that they had found a fire burning on their front porch earlier in the evening and had put it out. They said the fire could have started by the numerous fireworks that had been shot off earlier in the day.

While firefighters were extinguishing the burning mobile homes, they noticed a new column of smoke across the street and found another fire destroying a vacant travel trailer. None of the homes destroyed had power and were either unoccupied or being used as storage.

Sheriff s deputies and police officers responded and thoroughly checked the area and attempting to locate any suspects.

An investigation by the Montgomery County Fire Marshal s Office revealed that all these fires were intentionally set, including the first fire that was extinguished by the home s occupants. That fire started when an unknown person or persons ignited the seat cushions on a porch chair of an occupied home.

The occupant of this home on Country West Drive actually discovered both of the first two fires. She was asleep in her living room when she awoke and discovered the fire on her porch and approximately 30 minutes later, she discovered the fire in the vacant mobile home next door.

Investigators believe that the same person or persons targeted the nearby vacant structures. The fires in the vacant structures were set inside the homes and had time to spread before they were discovered.

The fact that the first fire was set on the porch of a home where people were sleeping and the brazen nature of these acts naturally has the residents worried.

Fire investigators continue to examine this string of arson fires and ask that anyone with information to contact the Montgomery County Fire Marshal s Office at 936-538-8288 or Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-800-392-STOP (7867).

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