Firefighters climb a ladder as they fight a blaze Thursday.

A Houston house fire “appears to have been intentionally set,” according to police chief Jim McNiell.

McNiell said the state fire marshal is en route to the home at 1103 W. Highway 17 to investigate. It sits on the corner of Hamrick Street.

Houston, Licking and Raymondville fire were called to the blaze. With the situation under control, Licking’s fire department was not needed, authorities said.

McNiell said charges were likely pending.

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