Superintendent house set on fire; Teen in custody

Officials investigating fire at home of Splendora ISD superintendent

SPLENDORA - A teenager is accused of setting a fire to a school superintendent's home in Montgomery County.

Firefighters were called to a home at Oak Lawn and Enloe, in Splendora, just before 1 a.m. Sunday and quickly brought the fire under control.

The home belongs to Dr. Genese Bell, the superintendent of Splendora Independent School District. Bell and her 13-year-old daughter both suffered burns, but their injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

Bell's husband said they were asleep when smoke detectors started going off and the dogs started barking Sunday morning. He said Bell was burned as she ran through the flames, trying to get to her daughter's bedroom.

Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set by a teen, who has not yet been charged and whose name has not been released. The Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office believes the teen acted alone, and investigators are still working to determine the motive.

News of the crime had the small town buzzing Monday afternoon.

"That's pretty bad. I wouldn't even think of anything like that. That's a terrible thing to do to somebody, especially in their sleep," said Sheila Merrell, a parent of a Splendora ISD student.

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