Arson squad inve­stigating Selma house fire

Fire broke out minutes after owner left for work


Arson investigators in Selma are looking into the cause of a house fire on Turfway Park in a neighborhood not far from Retama Park.

A neighbor called 911 around 8 a.m. on Tuesday after noticing smoke pouring from the home.

Tommy Doan, who lives next door, said he also saw the smoke, as well as flames licking at the side of the house.

"Up out of the window, the front door and on the attic and stuff, the flames were coming out,” Doan said. "(The owner) waved goodbye around 7:45, and by 8 (a.m.), that's when it happened."

Firefighters arrived within minutes after the 911 call and quickly knocked down the fire.

Chief Ric Braun said there was more smoke than anything else, and it caused most of the damage.

“Just an extreme amount of heat. Sofas and carpet burned extremely hot,” Braun said, noting that the furniture and carpet actually melted. "We have to sift through all of that to try to find the source.”

Braun said he called in arson investigators to look for the cause of the fire.

However, he said he did not immediately notice anything suspicious about the fire.

He said initial damage estimates are between $60,000 and $80,000.


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