HOUSTON Authorities are investigating a possible case of arson after a house caught fire in north Houston.

Firefighters said that the house located at the 4900 block of Griggs Road burned for about 12 minutes destroying the home.

Investigators said that this part of the reason that they suspect arson.

The other issue is that neighbors said that they saw a man in a red shirt, who was not the homeowner, leaving the scene of the fire.

No one was inside the home as it burned, and no one was hurt.

With the intense flames and strong winds Saturday afternoon, the next door neighbor feared his home could also be a goner.

If it had been at night, and that smoke would have got in there, man we would have panicked and probably burned up, Dalferd Green, a neighbor, said. And then with them burglar bars, because they already have them tied in the back and the front, you know.

Neighbors describe the owner of the house that burned as a man in his 40s or early 50s, who has not been seen for a few days.

He had not been back to his home since it burned at around 3:30 this afternoon.

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