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Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:14 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - A morning fire in the 900 block of Indian Trail on Monday has investigators suspecting arson.

"The preliminary indication is this fire will be suspicious in nature," Harker Heights Fire Chief Jack Collier said.

According to preliminary investigations, the fire started in several areas of the home before making its way to the attic, which would lead investigators to believe it is an arson case until proven otherwise, Collier said.

"If it was intentional, we will find out who started it," he said.

Bell County 911 dispatched the Harker Heights Fire Department to the scene at 9:40 a.m. and the fire was under control at 10:08 a.m. with 15 firefighters from both the city and Killeen working the scene.

No one was home at the time of the blaze.

A passer-by who called in the fire reported seeing flames and smoke escaping the house, Collier said.

When firefighters arrived, no flames were showing, but there was plenty of smoke, he said.

"Fortunately, the fire did occur in the daylight hours, and we were able to extinguish the fire," Collier said.

Because of the caller and the firefighters, most of the contents of the house were saved and most of the damage to the structure is smoke damage, he said.

"It was right on the brink of totally taking off and flashing over," Collier said about what firefighters saw when they arrived.

Contact Mason W. Canales mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7554. Follow him on Twitter at KDHheights.

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