A fire that destroyed a home in Kirby Wednesday morning is being called suspicious by fire investigators.
Capt. Thomas Pinder, with the Kirby Fire Department, said firefighters found flames shooting from the back side of the home in the 3500 block of Kirby Drive.
He said they arrived on the scene within three minutes of the 6:45 a.m. call, and quickly knocked down the flames.
Still, the fire managed to gut the home.
Even before the thick smoke had cleared, though, investigators spotted something inside the home that raised their suspicions, Pinder said.
"My guys are telling me that they were seeing some things that are not normal,” he said.
Pinder declined to elaborate on, specifically, what was found.
Firefighters could be seen dragging a charred propane tank out of the home.
Investigators also appeared to be canvassing the neighborhood, walking up and down the street looking for information.
Pinder said the fire is suspicious, and that Bexar County arson investigators are helping them with the case.
The homeowner, Jeff Halliburton, meanwhile, was trying not to jump to conclusions.
He said he woke up to what sounded like something crashing through his window.
“I heard glass breaking -- the front window -- and there was fire everywhere, instantaneous," Halliburton said. "I came outside and called the fire department, and the whole house was engulfed in flames almost immediately."
Halliburton escaped, but left everything else behind, including his shoes.
Paramedics checked him out at the scene for smoke inhalation and a minor eye injury.
According to fire investigators, the home had no working electricity.
Halliburton said he didn’t have any insurance either.
“I lost everything,” he said. "I guess you just have to pick yourself up and move on."