Firefighters arrived to a vacant home on the corner of Janice Lane and Marsalis Drive Wednesday morning. Fire officials say evidence shows it could be a possible arson although it's still under investigation.
People driving by reported that there was smoke coming from the building. Firefighters got the fire under control quickly and kept the damage to about $5,000. The case is similar to another arson-caused fire that happened last week on Don Juan Street in west Abilene.
Abilene Fire Marshal Jim Moore says there is no connection between vacant house fire on Janice Lane and Don Juan Street. However, they are still investigating them as separate cases.
From April until June of this year and last year, Abilene firefighters responded to nearly 30 structure fires. Of the numbers for 2013, two were ruled intentional. For 2014, five were ruled intentional.
"It seems like we've had had some more," says Moore. "I don't know if it's a coincidence or some other reason for it."
There were several fires in both periods where a definitive ruling could not be made or are still under investigation, according to Moore.
There were no injuies reported although help from the community is essential. The department received signs from the state fire marshal's office similar to CrimeStoppers.
"We leave it out there at certain fires where we feel would be beneficial that would help prompt someone to go and call with leads," says Moore.
If anyone has information about any arson case, you can call 1-877-4FIRE45.