9-year-old left unattended started fire with lighter inside apartment, HCFMO says

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Investigators with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s office say two kids who were left home unattended started a fire inside an east Harris County apartment complex on Friday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to fire at the Bayou Palms Apartments located in the 13400 block of Woodforest Boulevard.

According to officials, a 9-year-old started the fire in the apartment while they were using a lighter. The 11-year-old was also reportedly inside at the time.

HCFMO says a 2-year-old that was in an apartment above this one was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

It is unclear where the parents were at that time. A spokeswoman for the Department of Family and Protective Services said CPS is investigating.

As of Friday night, the spokeswoman said the children are currently safe with relatives.

The Harris County District Attorney’s office said there will not be any charges in this case, according to HCFMO.

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