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Arson 'highly suspected' in vacant house blaze - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

November 27, 2014

Arson 'highly suspected' in vacant house blaze

Vacant house likely set ablaze; no injuries reported

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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:30 am | Updated: 11:18 am, Tue Mar 12, 2013.

BACLIFF — Arson investigators returned Monday to the scene of a suspicious weekend fire that heavily damaged a house.

No injuries were reported in the 4:45 a.m. Sunday blaze in the 4400 block of Eighth Street in Bacliff, said Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo, a spokesman for the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

The single-story house had no utility services, Tuttoilmondo said.

“Given the totality of the circumstances, arson is highly suspected in this particular case,” Tuttoilmondo said.

Bacliff volunteer firefighters extinguished the fire in a back room, but flames had already progressed to the roof of the single-story home. Kemah volunteer firefighters also arrived to help, Bacliff fire Chief James Wistinghausen said.

A neighbor told firefighters a copper thief had targeted the home and there were holes in the floors, Wistinghausen said.

“It’s a total loss,” Wistinghausen said. “It was a vacant house. Nobody had lived in it for a while.”

Tuttoilmondo had no immediate word on what caused the fire.