Two fires in Levelland on Monday morning are being investigated as possible arson. The first fire was reported at 5:30am at 1603 Houston and second was reported shortly after the first in the 1500 block of 10th Street.
The fire at 1603 Houston caused significant damage to the property and Fire Marshall Jay McKay said it will be declared a total loss.
The Levelland Fire Marshall said he called the State Fire Marshall’s office in with a canine to both properties to determine whether any accelerants were used. The canine found a can of gasoline at the property on Houston, however, it was determined that it was not used to start the fire. They also investigated the property on 10th street. McKay said grass clippings, paper and boxes were used to start that fire.
McKay said both investigations are ongoing. Both houses were vacant at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported. Ten Levelland firefighters and four trucks responded to the blaze on Houston street while 2 units and 2 firefighters responded to the property on 10th street. Loss is estimated at $200 on the 10th street property and $35,000 on the Houston Street property.