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ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH | DISPATCH RECORD

By Alexandria Randolph
Dispatch Record 

Lampasas Fire Department authorities have connected a Tuesday house fire to what may be a string of incendiary incidents. 
Lampasas Fire Marshal Ronnie Withers said he believes three fires in recent months were set intentionally. 
On May 17, a dumpster fire occurred behind a veterinary clinic in the 400 block of Plum Street. On June 10 at the same location, Lampasas Fire Department responded to a report that a chair was on fire near the same dumpster. 
On Tuesday, firefighters responded to the intersection of Main and Barnes streets after a house fire was reported at 11:22 a.m.
Lampasas dispatch officers said the single-story wooden structure was reported as “fully engulfed” in flames. 
It was unknown at first whether the house was occupied, but once at the scene Withers confirmed that no one lived there. 
The fire started in the living room, he said. The house is considered a “total loss.”
Withers said these incidents are linked because “none of them had ignition sources. … The circumstances surrounding these fires are questionable.” 
Withers said all three fires are classified as incendiary, which means something was used or adapted to set the blaze, however criminal intent has not been established.
The investigation is ongoing, he said. 
“I’ve brought in the State Fire Marshal’s Office on this investigation for canine units,” Withers said. 
Samples were taken from the scene of the house fire on Wednesday. 
“The results won’t be here for quite some time,” Withers said. 
While the cause and intent of the fires is not yet known, Withers is seeking more information in the investigation. 
“I need the public’s help to keep their eyes open,” he said. “Police and fire units may not always be around, but in a neighborhood someone is always there. If you see somebody you don’t know acting suspicious, call the police or fire department.” 
Withers believes the same person or persons may be responsible for all three incidents.
Those with information on any of the three incidents should call Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers at 830-613-0467, or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 866-756-8477.