A juvenile has been detained after allegedly setting a piece of furniture on fire near a dumpster, quickly spreading to an apartment building in Delta County at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Delta County Fire units were dispatched to the 1300 block of W. Dallas in Cooper after receiving a call about an apartment complex was engulfed in flames.
On scene, units found a three-family apartment structure and materials in the area adjacent to the building engulfed in flames.
During the initial investigation, it was determined that the fire had been intentionally started, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Office. It was later determined that a juvenile set a piece of furniture on fire near the dumpsters and it had spread quickly to the structure.
“It took the fire department several hours to extinguish the blaze,” according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect was identified through the investigation and has been detained pending a hearing. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in the ongoing investigation.
The Red Cross came out to assist families who were displaced due to the fire.
Anyone with any information regarding this fire or any other crimes is asked to contact the Delta County Sheriff’s Office at 903-395-2146.