Port Arthur residential fire being investigated as arson

Published 11:00 pm Friday, November 3, 2023

A house fire that occurred last week in Port Arthur is being investigated as arson.

Port Arthur Fire Chief Greg Benson confirmed the fire, which occurred Oct. 27 at a home in he 2000 block of 13th Street, is officially being investigated as a potential criminal act.

The investigation is not an overnight case, authorities stressed.

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Benson said investigators must gather evidence, if any, to be presented to the District Attorney’s Office, as well as persons of interest, in order for a warrant to be issued, should the cause of the fire be determined as arson.

A woman was inside at the time of the fire and was able to get outside on her own.

She was medically accessed by first responders, which is standard protocol when a person is exposed to fire.

The woman declined treatment and transport, Benson previously told Port Arthur Newsmedia.