WAKE VILLAGE, TX (KSLA) - Fire has ripped through an East Texas house for the second time in three months.
This time, an investigator suspects the blaze may have been the work of a thief trying to cover his tracks.
Curly Burns agrees.
"This time, it had a lot of help, most definitely. This was no accident."
The construction worker and his crew were trying to restore the house in Wake Village, Texas, from a fire in November.
It went up in flames again Wednesday night.
This fire left the twice-burned structure gutted and possibly beyond repair.
"There is absolutely no reason it should have caught on fire. There were no electricity in the house," Burns said.
Investigators were out Thursday looking for clues about how the blaze started.
Bowie County Deputy Fire Marshal Scottie Taylor confirmed that there were no utility services turned on.
Tools being used to restore the house also reportedly were missing from the worksite.
"It is probably going to be a burglary and intentionally set fire, but we are going to know more once we get into the investigation," Taylor said.
He is asking the Texas fire marshal's office to help investigate.