House Fire in Livingston, Arson Suspected, LIVINGSTON, September 27, 2009 - Shortly after 2 am on September 27, 2009, a house fire was reported at 1012 Texas Street off of Colita in Livingston. The home owner Lee Otis Holcomb, 62, said he was sitting in his little house eating some pudding when he heard something behind his house. Holcomb grabbed his shotgun, he looked through his window and according to Holcomb, he saw a male he described as black and wearing glasses. Holcomb opened his front door and found his front porch in flames. The home didn't have a back door so Holcomb jumped through the fire to escape and yelled for neighbors to call the fire department. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and put the fire out. Holcomb told PolkCountyToday.com: "They tried to burn me out of my previous house located on Bluebird Street. That fire also burned up my Ford Expedition." "Somebody is trying to kill me and I don't know why." He said. Holcomb's house was not completely destroyed but was heavily damaged by the fire. City of Livingston Fire Marshal Mark Taylor was on hand along with Livingston Police Officers Jason Thomas and Sergeant Scott Paske who immediately began an investigation. DPS Trooper Kevin Burman assisted. Holcomb had insurance. This fire comes on the heels of another arson situation in which a suspect was arrested just a few days earlier.
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Holcomb opened his front door to find the porch as a wall of fire he said. With no back door, he said he had to jump through the flames to escape.
Foam from the fire engines covers the floor of Holcomb's home.
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