An early-morning fire at a home on Texas Street in Madisonville is under investigation by the Madisonville Police Department and state fire marshal’s office.
Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Thom Jones said his firefighters received a call around 7:40 a.m. Friday and responded to the home of a 60-year-old male who lives alone. The homeowner was not in the house at the time of the fire; he was working at the local McDonald’s.
In response to whether the origin of the fire is known and whether there is suspicion that arson may be involved, Jones only said, “it’s under investigation.”
“It’s a crime scene right now,” Jones added. “There is a person of interest that law enforcement was talking to. They are conducting an investigation. We turned it over to them.”
Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert confirmed Tuesday that Casey Ramsey of Normangee was arrested for criminal trespass related to the case.
“It’s unclear why he was in the house,” Gilbert said. “The homeowner did not know him. Witnesses saw him jump out a window.”
The 36-year-old has a criminal record, Gilbert said, adding that more charges may be added but trespassing was “the best we could do” until further evidence is uncovered.
Jones noted that when the fire department got the call Friday morning, they were told it was possible someone was in the building.
“It was totally involved when we arrived on the scene,” he said. “We spent about three hours there.”
Fire department personnel said no one was injured in the blaze.
A donation account is in place at Wells Fargo Bank for those who wish to donate to the homeowner.