The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed Monday it is investigating a fire that claimed three houses and left eight people displaced Saturday.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire that occurred in a neighborhood outside Belton, according to Jason Woodard, assistant chief of Central Bell County Fire & Rescue from Nolanville. The fire occurred around 1:50 p.m. Saturday in the 4200 block of Orchard Hill Drive, near Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

State fire marshals on Monday were conducting a “cause and origin” investigation into the fire, according to Jerry Hagins, a public information officer with the Texas Department of Insurance, which oversees the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Hagins said it would likely be several weeks before the investigation is closed and an official cause and origin of the fire is released.

Fire Investigator Reece Oestreich referred all other questions to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

No one has been arrested in connection with the fire, Bell County Maj. T.J. Cruz said Monday.

A GoFundMe account listed as Familia Davila was established Sunday with a goal of $50,000. As of press time, $1,070 was raised. The account may be found online at

It took firefighters more than an hour to put out the blaze, but hot spots were battled until about 5 p.m., Woodard said.

Because there were few fire hydrants in the area, units had to constantly re-fill their tanks, something Woodard said occurred at least 20 times.


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