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Friday morning fire at half-way house ruled arson

Released by the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office:

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - At approximately 4:40AM on the morning of December 23, 2011, Dixie, Lindale and Noonday Fire Departments were dispatched to a fire at a local Half-Way house on CR 46 in western Smith County. Upon Dixie Fire Department's arrival on-scene, they found fire in an office area of the building that had been contained by the building's fire protection systems. The first arriving units were able to extinguish the fire quickly.

The building was occupied at the time of the fire, but all residents and workers were able to safely exit the building prior to the fire department's arrival.

Investigators with the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office were called to the scene and determined the cause of the fire to be arson. The investigation is still underway and at this point no suspects have been identified.

"This was a brazen act. To set fire to a building is bad enough, but to set fire to a building that has known occupants shows a complete disregard for life. We need the public's help to get this person off the streets and into a jail cell where they belong. If you have any information on this fire or any other arson fire please contact the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office or other law enforcement agency," said Deputy Jay Brooks with the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office.

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