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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4:30 am | Updated: 12:21 am, Sat Dec 8, 2012.

HARKER HEIGHTS — Fire officials in Harker Heights are seeking information about a suspected arsonist who set fire to the same mobile home twice in less than a week.

The first fire occurred at 11 a.m. Friday at an uninhabited mobile home at 118 E. Ball Road. Neighbors said the home was condemned and that they saw crews starting to tear it down Thursday.

Investigators found the fire had multiple points of origin, Fire Chief Jack Collier said Tuesday at a news conference. Samples were taken and sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety lab in Austin.

“We’re awaiting results to determine if flammable liquids were used … we suspect gasoline,” Collier said.

Firefighters were called to a second fire at the same mobile home at 4:39 a.m. Tuesday. When emergency crews arrived, the entire structure was engulfed in flames.

“Some stuff had been removed from the property since Friday … but not much,” Collier said. “It is totally destroyed.”

Another suspicious fire was reported at the same location in October 2009, according to the chief.

Officials are investigating a “person of interest” in the case but are not ruling out any suspects.

“I would like to point out that arson is a serious crime,” Collier said. “It not only endangers those who commit the crime of arson, but it endangers the neighbors, the public … the fire-fighters and police officers who respond to the fire, so we take it very seriously. We’re not going to leave any stone unturned to find out who is responsible.”

Anyone with information about either fire can call the Harker Heights fire marshal at (254) 699-2688 or the police department at (254) 953-5400. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.

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