A Houston home where a teenager’s room was taken, then used as a bedroom storage unit was among the dozens of homes that the city found with holes in their ceilings, officials said Tuesday.
Houston City Councilwoman Brenda Allen said the home at 1560 Broadway was found to have holes in its ceilings that could have been from a fire.
Allen, a Houston resident, said the holes were about a foot and a half from each side of the bedroom and could have come from a small fire.
She said there were other holes in the walls that could also have been caused by the fire.
“There’s no way they could have just walked in,” Allen said.
“We know they had a fire and were not going to leave the room and leave it in this state.
Allen said she had been alerted to the hole issues by a woman who lives in the home. “
The holes were not big enough to hold the furniture in place.”
Allen said she had been alerted to the hole issues by a woman who lives in the home.
She called it “the perfect example of what we see in our neighborhoods and in our communities around here.”
Houston Fire Department spokesman Lt.
Mike Koppel said the hole in the ceiling was “pretty obvious.”
The hole was “a little smaller than what we’d expect from a person walking through the door,” Koppels said.
The hole would have been visible on video, he said.
The city said the homeowner is cooperating with the investigation and is cooperating fully with the fire department’s investigation.
The home was listed for sale Tuesday at a price tag of $1.9 million.
Officials from the Houston Fire Marshal’s Office and Houston City Hall were expected to arrive Tuesday to look into the home and determine if the homeowner should be charged with arson or vandalism.
Koppels stressed the city was “absolutely” committed to the safety of residents, and said there would be “no room” for people who are hiding in homes.
“We’re going to keep our eyes open,” he said, adding, “We’re working to find the culprits, and we’re working with them to get the best outcome possible.”
The Houston Fire Marshals Office is assisting the Houston Police Department with the case.
A spokeswoman for the Houston police department declined to comment.
Allen said she was not aware of any other homes in the neighborhood with the same problems.