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Beaumont fire investigators suspect arson as cause of house fire
BEAUMONT - Beaumont firefighters believe someone may have set a vacant home on fire.
It happened in the 1600 block of Prairie Street just before 5 p.m. this afternoon.
Firefighters found the front room of the house on fire.
Investigators say they've identified three juvenile suspects who may have intentionally set the fire.
However, the case is still under investigation.
PRESS RELEASE BELOW FROM BPD:
At approximately 4:43 PM, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire reported at 1620 Prairie.
When firefighters arrived, they found the front room of a vacant house on fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the front room.
There were no utilities connected to the house and the cause of the fire appears to be deliberate. Neighbors reported seeing three black male juveniles run from the house shortly before the fire was discovered.
With the help of the neighbors, fire investigators were able to locate and identify the juvenile suspects.
The juveniles were then released to the custody of a relative, pending further investigation.