Houston firefighters battled a house fire on Garden St. near Fir Street in southeast Houston on Friday. No one was hurt, but there was a close call for one firefighter who briefly became trapped inside the front door. Other fire fighters quickly pulled him to safety and no one was not injured. The firefighters was badly burned and his helmet melted from the intense heat.
No one was home at the time the fire started. The homeowner, Alejandra Oliva, and her husband were both at work. Their two kids were in school.
“My husband called me and said: ‘The house is on fire,’” she said to Local 2.
The home is complete loss. Neighbors saw the flames just before noon and called 911.
Investigators said something about this fire seemed unusual. They discovered a broken window in the back of the house and some blood on the ground nearby, like maybe someone had been trying to break in.
“That’s a good possibility,” HFD deputy chief Herman Gonzales said. “That’s why we called arson to check on that. The homeowners said there was nobody home at the time and when they left this morning the window was not broken.”
Three arson investigators spent several hours going through the home looking for anything suspicious. They said it’s too early to determine a cause at this time, but they are still investigating.