Arson suspected after investigators find signs of forced entry at Humble fireworks stand

HUMBLE, Texas – Firefighters in Humble suspect arson after an overnight fire that broke out at a fireworks stand in the area.

According to authorities, the fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at the 1960 Fireworks Supercenter on FM 1960 and Moonshine Hill Road.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the building, authorities said.

Firefighters tackled the fire from outside the building and were able to put it out after about an hour, firefighters said.

No one was inside at the time of the fire and there were only a few fireworks left inside, authorities said.

One firefighter sustained a knee injury and had to be treated for heat exhaustion while battling the blaze, but he is expected to be OK.

According to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, investigators found signs of forced entry at the back door and are now investigating the possibility of arson.

"There (are) going to be factors that we look at to determine how this fire started," said Harris County Fire Marshal, Laurie Christensen. "Until we get into the investigation, I can't tell you a whole lot because we have to do interviews with the firefighters who were first on (the) scene."

Officials said an arson K-9 trained to sniff out accelerants is also on the scene in an effort to help investigators determine the cause of the fire.

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