UPDATE: Series of Olton house fires suspected to be arson

UPDATE: Series of Olton house fires suspected to be arson

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Courtesy: The Olton Enterprise Courtesy: The Olton Enterprise
OLTON, Texas -

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

Disaster struck the town of Olton Friday morning, as three homes at two different locations caught fire. 

The chain of events started at a house near Avenue G and 12th Street at approximately 2 a.m., leaving the home severely damaged.

Thirty minutes later, another fire broke out at a house on Main Street, which then spread to a neighboring home.

Those two homes collapsed. 

Olton Fire Chief Hector Galvan said he has never seen anything like this in his 25 years of service. 

He said he believes there had to have been some form of foul play involved.

"Fires don't start by themselves, unless it was mother nature that knocks a power line down or a lightning strike. Other than that, we consider this likely as arson," Galvan said.

The Olton Fire Department consists only of volunteers, and Chief Galvan said if they did not get help from other nearby departments, the losses could have been even more substantial.

"We're not equipped to handle that amount and those types of fires when it occurs like that. I mean, it's overwhelming for us, so that's the reason we called for mutual aid from our mutual departments," Galvan said.

Volunteer firefighters like Tessa Rivera, Jimmy Lopez, and PJ Galvan were at the scene from beginning to end for 12 hours.

The department asked for any donations of water or food to keep their volunteers in action, and the Olton community did not hesitate to answer the call.

"They were here within an hour bringing stuff. That means a lot to us. It just shows that they care about our first responders here," Galvan said.

There are no reports of injuries in any of these fires, and the state fire marshals are still looking for a cause.

Click here for more information of how to donate to the affected families. 

ORIGINAL: 8:46 a.m.

New details in a series of fires in Olton overnight.  Although investigators haven't officially ruled them to be arson, they say it sure looks that way. Crews battled three house fires at the same time.

The first one started on Avenue G, and while crew members were fighting it, another went up on Main Street, and then a third right next door to that one. 
Crew members also say they found a fourth location where it looks like there was an attempt to start a fire. 

In two of the locations, the fires started in garages. Fire crews from Olton, Springlake, Earth and Hart were there to help.

We're told all the residents got out safely and no injuries have been reported.

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