Fire That Damaged Local Business Called Suspicious

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KILLEEN (August 20, 2013)—A fire that damaged Multibyte Systems computer store early Monday morning may have been intentionally set, the Killeen Fire Marshal said late Monday.

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Evidence found at the scene indicates possible suspicious circumstances involving the fire, Killeen Fire Marshal James Chisum said in a Monday evening news release.

Chisum said his office, along with an accelerant detection canine unit from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, were on scene throughout the day Monday conducting an investigation to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

The fire, which Chisum said remains under investigation, caused extensive damage to the single-story wood-frame structure.

Firefighters were sent at about 3 a.m. to the 1900 block of East Rancier Avenue after a caller reported seeing smoke coming from a business.

When the first units arrived the building, which was home to Multibyte Systems, was engulfed in flames.

The building was not occupied and no one was hurt.

At one point firefighters reported seeing blue flames erupting from the building, which later turned out to be caused by a burning air conditioning system.

Firefighters had the blaze under control at about 4:30 a.m. but a supervisor at the scene said the building was a total loss.

Chisum asked that anyone with information regarding the fire contact the Killeen Fire Marshal at (254) 501-7677. If you should want or need to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-8477 or 1-800-729-8477.