Denison house destroyed Sunday in possible arson

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- Fire investigators are calling a fire suspicious after it destroyed a vacant Denison house at 2424 West Elm on Sunday.

Fire marshal John Weda said the fire began a little before noon on Sunday, and took three fire crews a few hours to put it out.

He said neighbors told him some kids were close to the house before the fire, which leads him to think it's suspicious.

"It’s a vacant house, it's been vacant for about three years," Weda said. "There's no utilities on the property, it's unsecured, and some neighbors saw some kids playing in house before the fire."

Weda said it's a total loss. It 's a house neighbor Ransom Staten used to play in when he was a kid.

"I had a lot of memories in that house growing up," Staten said. "Just us kids running around acting crazy."

Staten said he was outside watching the flames.

"I had seen flames and smoke, and the house engulfed. I hope whoever did this gets caught," he said.

Weda said he'll continue talking to neighbors and try to contact the kids, who are ages 10-12. The official cause is still under investigation.

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