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UPDATE: State Fire Marshal’s Office determines Plantersville house fire as electrical

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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:31 pm

3 P.M. UPDATE:

Grimes County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Blake Jarvis said a fire marshal from Houston, who arrived in Plantersville this afternoon, said the cause of the fire is electrical.

“The fire marshal said it was an electrical fire that started in the wall by the front porch,” said Capt. Jarvis.

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State Fire Marshal’s Office investigating Plantersville house fire

Tuesday evening, Plantersville-Stoneham Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire at the home of 78-year-old senior, Virginia Heflin, at 17050 Forest Lane in Plantersville, the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office is calling suspicious.

Chief Deputy Todd Greene said Heflin’s 48-year-old daughter, Dora Lane, who lives nearby, noticed the fire that reportedly started on the outside of the home’s front side. After extinguishing the fire with a water hose, Lane called 911, at 6:22 p.m., as smoke billowed from the attic.

Nine fire trucks from Plantersville-Stoneham VFD and TriCounty VFD responded, along with Sheriff’s Office Investigator Daniel Wagnon and Deputy Daniel Caswell.

Plantersville-Stoneham Assistant Fire Chief Steve Paiyou said in an effort to preserve the home, firefighters carefully pulled away part of the living room ceiling as smoke escaping from the eves led volunteers to discover burning embers.

“Everyone was real delicate about not destroying the house while we put out the embers,” said Paiyou.

Assistant Chief Paiyou said though there was fire damage to the living room area, most of the fire and water damage was prevalent on the front porch and attic. Smoke damage was also incurred throughout the modular home.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

“The fire appears to be suspicious in nature; we have called the State Fire Marshal’s Office to assist in the investigation,” said Greene.

Anyone with information related to the cause of the house fire is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Investigator Daniel Wagnon at 936-873-2151 or Grimes County CrimeStoppers at 936-873-2000.

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