Arson possible fire cause

Two abandoned structures, located about six miles north of Big Spring, burned Thursday night. According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan, a house fire call — on FM 669 — was received around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.“Upon arrival we found not one, but two structures were engulfed in flames,” Sullivan said. Due to the location of the fires and in order to protect firefighters working the scene, Sullivan said crews allowed the fires to burn out.There were no injuries in relation to the fires, but the structures were a total loss. The investigation of the fires have been turned over to Howard County Sheriff’s Office.“This has happened several times out in this area in the past three months,” Sullivan said. “We ask those who live out there to keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity.”An investigation is still ongoing, but arson is suspected in this case.A structure fire was reported across from the Howard County Detention Center on U.S. Business Highway 80 about 6 p.m. Friday, but the Big Spring Fire Department was unable to provide any information Saturday morning.Contact Staff Writer Amanda Duforat at 263-7331 ext. 234 or by e-mail at