Smith County fire marshals are calling a late night fire suspicious that burned a house down and killed a dog.
Assistant Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson worked the blaze in the 8000 block of Lavender Road, or County Road 35, with First Assistant Fire Marshal Oren Hale after it broke out around 10:30 p.m.
“We did decide that that was the origin of the fire, in his bedroom and it was set on the bed,” she said. “Right now at this time, it’s still under investigation but it does appear to be arson.”
She said neighbors noticed flames pouring out of two bedroom windows, which were “blown out” and they tried to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose.
She said neighbors even kicked in the front door in an attempt to get the dog out, but said it was too late.
The home is in a small community of buildings, she said, and her records showed that neither the tenant nor property owner had the home insured.
The renter told authorities he was out of town working in Dallas all day and was on his way home when he heard the news, she said.
No other injuries were reported and the home, valued at no more than $50,000, is a complete loss, she said.