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Serial arson hits Lufkin for third straight night

Serial arson hits Lufkin for third straight night
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:05pm

Arson continues to run rampant on the north side of Lufkin for the third straight night.

Two more cases were reported Thursday morning within minutes of each other, bringing the total to six reported arson or attempted arson cases since Tuesday morning, according to Lufkin Police Detective J.B. Smith.

At 6:30 a.m, authorities were alerted this morning to possible arson at a business known as "The Owens Club," located on the 800 block of Keltys Street. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a back door had been set on fire.

A few minutes following the first report, a patrol unit noticed smoke in the distance. After finding the source of the smoke, an officer discovered a board had been set on fire in an abandoned house's carport on the 700 block of Cottonbelt. The pressboard was pulled out of the area and extinguished quickly.

Smith tells KETK he believes all arson cases are connected, but they have not yet developed a person of interest.

Authorities have stepped up patrols in the vicinity of the fires and made multiple arrests Wednesday night on unrelated charges. Those people will be questioned to see if they have any knowledge of the arson and attempted arson cases.

If you have any information on these cases, please contact your local authorities or leave a tip on the Crime Stopper's website.

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