Officials: Suspect in custody after suspicious fire and burglary

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - Authorities say a Grayson County woman came face to face with an intruder, and then her house went up in flames. News 12 was on scene as fire fighters put out the flames. Here's the latest in the investigation.

A woman running to her neighbor's to escape an alleged intruder in her home looked back Sunday morning to see it had gone up in flames.

"The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a lady frantic that someone had broken into her house and it was on fire," said Sgt. David Russell with the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

The fire started just before noon Sunday at a home in the 700 block of Pleasant Home Road, just outside the Sherman City Limits.

Authorities say the homeowner was inside reading when her dogs started barking, and when she looked up, a stranger was walking towards her.

"She ran back into her bedroom and shut the door, he started pushing on it, she locked it," said Sgt. Russell.

She then escaped through the window.

Sgt. Russell says they've taken a suspect into custody, a white man in his 20's, who deputies arrested just east of the crime scene.

The Grayson County Fire marshal is now investigating this as a suspicious fire, and the State Fire marshal has been called out to help.

"The investigation will help us determine the cause of the fire and the origin of the fire, and if that's found to be suspicious, then we'll continue to investigate until we find out who caused the fire," said Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones.

We're told the woman was not injured, and authorities have not yet released the name of the man they took into custody.

We'll continue to follow this investigation and bring you more details as we get them.


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