The search is on for a suspected arsonist who set fire to an apartment, occupied by a mother and three children. The fire started this morning at an apartment on Stone Road, near Birdsong street in Kilgore. Once fire crews quickly doused the blaze, investigators almost immediately determined this was no ordinary fire.
"We discovered a person actually kicked the door in , attempted to burn the apartment down. We learned that he ran across the street into a wooded area and we quickly set up a perimeter," says Roman Roberson with the Kilgore Police Department.
Police and a helicopter joined the search, meanwhile the victim said she had been stalked , beaten and threatened by the suspect.
"Monday I was assaulted by him , he dragged me out of my sisters apartment and he went to jail for family violence. He told me he was going to burn down my apartment," says apartment resident Sherri Dunn.
The suspect faces more than arson charges, officials say he endangered the lives of everyone who lives at this apartment complex.
"He could have burned the other apartments and other parties in the apartments," Roberson says.
Dunn lost everything in the fire, including all of her children's clothes.
"All that we owned was in that house, and its all gone," Dunn says.
Ironically the apartment is across the street from Kilgore Fire Station number 3. With all the effort , the suspect vanished, and the search was called.
"He didn't care about just hurting me, he was hurting other people too," she says.
The Red Cross is helping the family, which include a 13 , 11 and 8 year old. Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call Kilgore Police.
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