Noonday (KETK) — The charred remains of a vacant mobile home that went up in flames Thursday night is being investigated Friday by the Smith County Fire Marshal.
It happened around midnight in the 17000 block of Hillside Drive in Noonday.
A couple walking along the road told investigators an unknown man approached them asking for a ride. They refused and shortly after, the home was ablaze.
According to the Smith County Fire Marshals Office, firefighters responded to the scene as the fire began to threaten another mobile home nearby. The family inside was evacuated, and their home was not damaged.
The fire did, however, spread to woods behind the home, which firefighters contained using a brush truck. The scene was cleared around 5 a.m., but firefighters had to return when it rekindled around 7:30 a.m.
The fire is being investigated as arson, according to fire officials.