A Monday night house fire on County Road 374 near Milano has investigators suspecting burglary and arson. Milam County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Chad Marek said that some items were missing from the residence and that the state fire marshal’s office has been contacted to investigate the cause of the fire.
The two-story home belonged to Steve Howard of Houston and is used as a “weekend home,” Marek said. Several neighbors called in the fire when the flames became visible.
Milano Volunteer Fire Department chief Jesse Love said that when firemen arrived the house was fully engulfed and already starting to cave in.
MV FD had three units on scene and called on Gause VFD for assistance, with them bringing two units and manpower, Love said.
No origin of the fire has been found, Love added.
The initial tone went out at 9:10 p.m. and firemen left the scene just after midnight.
CALLS—Sheriff David Greene listed other calls during the past eight days as follows:
Dec. 31—Medical call, Goetz Road, Cameron area; suspicious person, Milano area; 911 hang up, Charles Martin Hall Road; harassing phone calls, Arendell, Gause; theft of copper, East FM 485, Maysfield area; assault, CR 203 Loop, Cameron area; abandoned vehicle, South TX 36, Milano area; 911 hang up, Rockdale area; information, Cameron area; road hazard, US 79; welfare check, Cypress Trail Loop, Rockdale area; welfare check, West FM 485, Yarrelton area; information, FM 1444; fireworks, road side park, Rockdale area; medical call, Cummings Road, Thorndale area; assist other agency, Cameron area; dog bite, Allday Street, Rockdale area; suspicious noise, Briar Lane, Minerva area.
Jan. 1—Intoxicated person, Cameron area; suspicious noise, West Avenue A, city not listed; assist other agency, Rockdale area; disturbance, FM 1444; possible burglary in progress, North TX 36, Pettibone area; four wheelers on roadway, North 6th Street, city not listed; assist other agency, Cameron area; road hazard, TX 36, Milano area; medical call, Cummings Road, Thorndale area.
Jan. 2—Request to speak to deputy, FM 437, Rogers area; suspicious activity, FM 3242, Milano area; dead animal, CR 358, Gause area; suspicious person/vehicle, CR 234, Milano area; information, CR 326, Cameron area; reckless driver, Pettibone area; theft, CR 441; theft of property, West FM 487, Rockdale area; suspicious person, CR 329; suspicious activity, CR 131; stranded motorist, North US 77, Rockdale area.
Thursday—Found horse, CR 346, Milano area; possession of dangerous drugs, East Moerbe, Thorndale area; shoplif ting, Milano area; debit/credit card abuse, Branchville area; request to speak to deputy, CR 237, Cameron area; assist other agency, West 14t h Street, Cameron; disturbance, CR 446, Thorndale area.
Friday—Request to speak to deputy, Whip-O-Will, Rockdale area; person, Gabriel’s Crossing, Thorndale area; suspicious vehicle, FM 2095, Cameron area; civil matter over money, FM 487, Rockdale area; theft of property, US 190; criminal trespass notice, North FM 487; suspicious activity, US 79, Rockdale area; stolen vehicle, CR 273; request to speak to deputy, Milam County Sheriff’s Office lobby, Cameron; civil matter, Hillside Trailer Park, Thorndale area.
Saturday—Assist other agency, CR 315; welfare check, CR 434 Loop; vehicle fire, CR 446; attempt to locate, FM 1712; animal nuisance, Inwood Drive, Rockdale area; request to speak to deputy, unknown location; theft of property, North FM 1915, Buckholts area; runaway, Sierra Drive, Rockdale area; traffic stop, FM 908, Rockdale area.
Sunday—Theft, CR 131 East; information, CR 353; information, CR 458, Thorndale area; alarm, L os R anchitos Road, Cameron area; suspicious vehicle, near CR 353, Gause area; recover missing juvenile, Sierra Drive, Rockdale area; information, CR 228.
Monday—Request to speak to deputy, Whip-O-Will, Rockdale area; suspicious activity, CR 275; suspicious activity, unknown area; mail tampering, Oak Park, Rockdale area; dead animal in roadway, CR 304, Rockdale area; traffic signal, Cameron area; request to speak to deputy, Cameron area; possession of dangerous drugs, CR 342, Milano area; vandalism, North FM 487, Rockdale area; identity theft, North FM 908, Rockdale area; information, Cameron area; welfare check, North FM 487, Buckholts area; information, CR 273; theft, Green Street, Rockdale; request to speak to deputy, Cameron; information, MCSO office; suspicious vehicle, CR 320; fire call, CR 374, Milano area; vehicle in ditch, Bushdale Road, Rockdale area
There were also 32 loose livestock calls during the week.
CRIME STOPPERS—Tips on any crime listed above, or any other crime, may be phoned in to Milam County, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).
A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for tips.
All calls to the CrimeStoppers system are anonymous.