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HFD: Fire that destroyed several art studios in Sawyer Yards was intentionally set

Investigators say the fire started at a production studio Tuesday morning.

HOUSTON — Several local art studios were destroyed Tuesday morning in a fire and arson investigators say it was intentionally set.

This all happened at one of the studios in Sawyer Yards at around 6:30 a.m.   Investigators believe the fire started at a production studio called Studio Bohemian. 

The owner of the studio, Jack Potts, says he was working Monday night and on Tuesday morning, he got a call from a neighbor letting him know his studio was on fire.

His business was destroyed by the flames. The tenants tell us there seemed to be some kind of explosion because the structure of the building was damaged and it's not safe for them to go inside.

The businesses were destroyed by the smoke and flames.

“I don’t have anything right now and I don’t have any way to make money,” Potts said. “So it’s a difficult place to figure out.”

And just like Potts, many artist there tell us their entire life’s work was destroyed. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Thursday night, HFD arson investigators said they believed the fire was intentionally set.  

Disaster Resilience for Artists is collecting donations to help the artist affected. 

If you have any information that could help investigators, you’re asked to contact arson investigators.

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