BACLIFF — Firefighters spent about an hour Tuesday morning battling a fire that led to an arson investigation, an official said.

No injuries were reported in the 8:30 a.m. blaze that caused heavy damage to a single-story wooden house in the 4700 block of 15th Street, Bacliff Fire Chief James Wistinghausen said.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke showing from the rear of the home, where the blaze started, Wistinghausen said. They called for backup from fire departments in San Leon, Dickinson and Kemah.

Firefighters learned the house had no occupants and that the were suspicious of the cause of the blaze, Wistinghausen said. No one was displaced from the blaze.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office sent an arson investigator to the scene, and the cause of the blaze was under investigation Tuesday, Wistinghausen said.

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