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Man arrested for setting fire that injured 2 firefighters

PORTER, Texas – Two Porter firefighters were injured while fighting a fire that was intentionally set by Allen Frank Singleton Jr. on Aug. 21, according to reports.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 24600 block of Sorters Road around 5 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, they found a double-wide mobile home in flames. Firefighters entered the home to search for possible victims, according to reports.

Porter and East Montgomery County firefighters were able to bring the fire under control before it could spread to neighboring properties, but the home was deemed a total loss due to the extent of fire and smoke damage.

No victims were found, and it was later determined that the residents had not been home when the fire was reported.

The two injured firefighters were taken to the hospital for treatment, and have since been released and are expected to fully recover.

One firefighter was treated for a laceration to his hand and the other was treated for thermal burns around his head.

During an investigation into the cause of the fire, investigators determined the fire was intentionally set by Singleton. They said he set the fire and left before fire crews arrived.

Singleton was arrested and charged with arson of a habitation, which is a first-degree felony. He is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $75,000 bond.