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Reported State Agency and University Fires: State Owned and Leased Facilities, Fiscal Years 2012-2018

2018

Date of fire City Case Number Fire cause Business name Description
25-January-2018 Houston 18-2901-01 Accidental University of Houston small fire under commercial grill in Moody Towers' Dream Grill, from grease buildup in drip pans; extinguished quickly, minimal damage
1-January-2018 Houston 18-231-01 Accidental University of Houston smoldering fire in cellulose material under basketball court at Fertitta Center; welding had occurred above the area several days before
17-December-2017 Houston 18-205-12 Incendiary University of Houston parking lot 4A light pole, juveniles seen riding around light pole, PD extinguished fire
15-December-2017 Victoria 18-225-01 Accidental University of Houston Jaguar Hall: student in apartment caused small fire in microwave, no damage to state property, quickly extinguished
11-December-2017 Mexia 18-191-12 Accidental Mexia SSLC laundry facility--contractor installing overhead door caused damage when sparks from metal grinding fell into laundry bin, hid damage and did not report immediately; damage found next day by staff member; damage confined to laundry bin, linens, wall
10-December-2017 Houston 18-194-12 Accidental University of Houston small fire in deep fryer in Moody Towers commercial kitchen, fire confined to fryer area, no evacuation
7-December-2017 College Station 18-181-12 Accidental Texas A&M University Park West Apartments, Bldg. 500, smoke in elevator shaft, burned paper and soot in and near elevator machine rooms; paper was from inside HVAC unit, unit taken offline for service
4-December-2017 College Station 18-181-12 Accidental Texas A&M University Connally/Moore SUP: overheated motor emitted smoke, possibly smoldering insulation; one extinguisher used, minimal damage
3-December-2017 El Paso 18-169-12 Accidental UT El Paso Miner Village, Capitan Hall. Vehicle fire in parking lot, non-state vehicle, improper use of jumper cables ignited materials in engine compartment, quickly extinguished, no damage to state property
30-November-2017 College Station 18-178-12 Undetermined Texas A&M University dumpster in a parking area; no criminal activity, no damage except to dumpster
19-November-2017 Lubbock 18-144-11 Incendiary Lubbock SSLC resident set clothes on fire in patio trash can, staff extinguished, no FD, no damage
15-November-2017 Houston 18-136-11 Accidental University of Houston smoke in Lofts apartment complex, electric fan bushing failed, fan motor overheated and produced smoke, alarm activated, occupants evacuated, minimal damage
3-November-2017 Carlsbad 18-136-11 Accidental San Angelo SSLC vehicle burned outside fence on property; employee had car trouble and left it there, damage limited to engine compartment
3-November-2017 Lubbock 18-135-11 Incendiary Lubbock SSLC client caught toilet paper on fire in bathroom of Birch Home, no property damage or alarm activation, client placed on restrictions
30-October-2017 San Antonio 18-127-11 Accidental San Antonio SSLC vehicle carrying off-campus work crew; fire on trailer, other drivers alerted driver, who used residential water hose to extinguish before SAFD arrived; no injuries, no damage to state property; trailer contents possibly ignited by discarded cigarette
18-October-2017 Lubbock 18-100-10 Accidental Lubbock SSLC piece of toast caught in toaster, smoked enough to set off alarm, staff member extinguished, no damage
18-October-2017 Austin 18-107-10 Accidental Texas School for the Deaf sparks from cutting of metal A/C handler fell behind fire blanket, ignited plastic underneath; extinguisher used, damage only to data cables for IT equipment; building not occupied
12-October-2017 Pollock 18-097-10 Undetermined Lufkin SSLC dumpster fire, no other damage, several possible causes
11-October-2017 El Paso 18-088-10 Accidental University of Texas at El Paso small stovetop fire in student apartment, student extinguished it, no FD response, no evacuation
10-October-2017 Lubbock 18-082-10 Accidental Texas Tech University Horn Residence Hall; employees trying to cut an opening into dryer vent system on third floor caused small fire with sparks from side grinder igniting lint buildup
4-October-2017 San Antonio 18-112-10 Accidental TAMU San Antonio private vehicle in parking lot; hood insulation fell on engine, ignited; SAFD responded
23-September-2017 El Paso 18-045-09 Accidental University of Texas at El Paso trash can fire behind Liberal Arts Building, PD extinguished; no damage, no FD response
18-September-2017 Waco 18-039-09 Accidental Texas State Technical College staff discovered after tenants of off-campus housing evicted there had been a cooking fire on stove top; minimal damage
9-September-2017 Corpus Christi 18-024-09 Accidental TAMU Corpus Christi apartment occupants cooked chicken in oven, left unattended; burning chicken sent smoke into apartment; full evacuation, damage confined to one apartment

2017

Date of fire City Case Number Fire cause Business name Description
19-August-2017 San Antonio 17-608-08 Accidental San Antonio SSLC fire in residence; fire/explosion in AC compressor for residence, explosion attributed to city public service power outage
30-July-2017 Mexia 18-003-09 Incendiary Mexia SSLC client set bathroom toilet paper dispenser on fire; alarm system actuated, building safely evacuated
30-July-2017 Huntsville 17-567-07 Accidental TDCJ building fire in kitchen, stove left on by tenant's child
25-July-2017 Waco 17-554-07 Accidental Texas State Technical College fire in residential kitchen; resident returned and found small smoldering fire on stove, extinguished with water
20-July-2017 Mexia 17-538-07 Accidental Mexia SSLC smoking material discarded in potted plant on front porch of general store; extinguished with portable extinguisher; no fire department
19-July-2017 Houston 17-538-07 Accidental University of Houston UH property, plastic tub placed on stove, burner accidently turned on, flames activated sprinkler system which extinguished fire, full evacuation
18-July-2017 San Antonio 17-579-08 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO new construction--fire in small mulch pile caused by construction worker smoking; no damage
9-July-2017 Carlsbad 17-511-07 Incendiary San Angelo SSLC client smuggled lighter into facility, ignited clothing; extinguished quickly, no damage, no injury
6-July-2017 Austin 17-501-07 Undetermined Austin SSLC small fire on diesel-powered lawnmower, extinguished with portable extinguisher, no building damage
5-July-2017 Mexia 17-498-07 Incendiary Mexia SSLC vacant guest house burned
2-July-2017 Huntsville 17-514-07 Undetermined  TDCJ Estelle Unit offender tried to light oven with lit paper instead of the electric ignitor; flash fire, self-extinguished
30-June-2017 EL PASO 17-509-07 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO discarded fireworks in and around dumpster at recreational sports center; PD used extinguisher
26-June-2017 Houston 17-521-07 Accidental University of Houston small fire (mainly smoke) in fryer on commercial property; caused by buildup of grease from improper cleaning; no evacuation
26-June-2017 Corpus Christi 17-490-06 Accidental TAMU Corpus Christi Center for Science classroom--electrical panel on water heater shorted, causing smoke and fire; extinguished by staff
13-June-2017 Houston 17-464-06 Accidental University of Houston small fire in wall-mounted light fixture in M.D. Anderson Library; alarm sounded, building evacuated; Houston FD responded
9-June-2017 Austin 17-458-06 Incendiary UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN unknown subject lit toilet paper in San Jacinto Hall dorm, alarms evacuated, building evacuated, fire contained to paper roll, minimal damage, UTPD investigating
27-May-2017 Carlsbad 17-442-05 Accidental San Angelo SSLC grilling accident at adjunct residential cabins, damage to grill only, no injuries
13-May-2017 Austin 17-426-05 Incendiary UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN fire at Graduate School of Business construction site; found/extinguished by construction workers, several incidences of vandalism and damage, one acetylene tank set on fire
30-April-2017 Houston 17-409-05 Accidental University of Houston small rooftop fire at Moody Towers; attributed to carelessly discarded smoking material
26-April-2017 Odessa 17-396-04 Accidental UT-Permian Basin unattended cooking fire in dorm; damage confined to stove area; est. $8000 damage
26-April-2017 Corpus Christi 17-440-05 Accidental TAMU Corpus Christi Miramar Apts., exhaust fan in joint bathroom overheated, created smoke; extinguished quickly, minimal damage, evacuation successful
23-April-2017 EL PASO 17-393-04 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO trash can outside Fox Fine Arts building, put out by staff with extinguisher by staff, no building damage
16-April-2017 Tennesse Colony 17-377-04 Undetermined TDCJ Cofield Unit fire in main kitchen (bakery); possible suspicious activity on surveillance video; no further developments, no prosecution
15-April-2017 Carlsbad 17-379-04 Incendiary San Angelo SSLC client set fire to tree with lighter and rags, has history of fires, no other damage
4-April-2017 Mart 17-364-04 Incendiary McLennan County State
Juvenile Correctional Facility
juvenile inmate set tissue paper, styrofoam tray on fire, staff extinguished, no damage, no injuries, individual on "lighter restriction"
4-April-2017 EL PASO 17-359-04 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO small leaf pile caught fire from improperly discarded cigarette, extinguished with water
4-April-2017 Pollock 17-358-04 Undetermined Lufkin SSLC fire in garbage pen; damage only to trash, extinguished by staff
4-April-2017 Mart 17-356-04 Incendiary McLennan County State
Juvenile Correctional Facility
juvenile inmate set mattress stuffing on fire, staff extinguished, minimal damage
3-April-2017 Mart 17-355-04 Incendiary McLennan County State
Juvenile Correctional Facility
juvenile inmate set toilet paper, mattress on fire, staff extinguished, minimal damage
2-April-2017 Witchita Falls 17-352-04 Incendiary North Texas State Hospital patient obtained lighter, set fire to clothes in hamper/bed; staff extinguished, minimal damage
27-March 2017 Lockhart 17-346-03 Accidental Tex. Dept. State Health Services regional office, refrigeration unit started smoking, no fire, no damage except to unit
26-March 2017 Mart 17-357-04 Undetermined McLennan County State
Juvenile Correctional Facility
dryer overheated, caused smoke but no fire
23-March 2017 Kingsville 17-339-03 Undetermined TXDOT office being remodeled, possibly electrical, small amount of damage
22-March 2017 Lubbock 17-337-03 Accidental Texas Tech University sports performance center under construction, welding slag fell onto insulation bundles below and ignited them
18-March 2017 Houston 17-334-03 Accidental University of Houston cooking fire in apartment oven, extinguished with fire extinguisher, minimal damage
15-March 2017 EL PASO 17-313-03 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO cooking fire in Canyon Copper Hall dorm room, resident quickly extinguished
6-March 2017 EL PASO 17-312-03 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO trash can outside Mike Loya building; PD officer used extinguisher, no other damage; improperly discarded smoking materials
3-March 2017 Houston 17-333-03 Accidental University of Houston MD Anderson Cancer center small fire in electrical room; self-extinguished, minimal damage
1-March 2017 Houston 17-332-03 Accidental University of Houston fire in vent fan in apartment bathroom because of malfunction/lack of fan housekeeping; damage only to the one apartment
27-February 2017 Mexia 17-280 -02 Undetermined Mexia SSLC  fire in old barracks used for storage, no electricity
24-February 2017 Vernon 17-303-03 Undetermined North Texas State Hospital electric receptacle caught fire when employee tried to unplug heater, receptacle replaced, no other damage
23-February 2017 Vernon 17-302-03 Undetermined North Texas State Hospital open land at road, no structures nearby, small amount of grass on hospital property burned
13-February 2017 Mexia 17-255-02 Incendiary Mexia SSLC resident admitted setting dorm room bed on fire, building evacuated, limited damage
13-February 2017 Tyler 17-254-02 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT Tyler pan of grease or butter caught fire, employee ran under sprinkler head, it activated, building evacuated, minimal damage confined to small area.
9-February 2017 Houston 17-259-02 Accidental University of Houston small fire in chilled water tower caused by rectifier malfunction, light smoke in building, evacuation, damage to part only
1-February 2017 Austin 17-229-02 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN fire in science lab oven during a project; contained to oven, oven malfunctioned, manufacturer to be contacted
24-January 2017 Beeville 17-218-01 Accidental TAMU Beeville welding on fence gate caused grass fire, approximately 120 acres burned
13-January 2017 Houston 17-207-01 Accidental University of Houston Calhoun Lofts apartments, smal fire on A/C blower motor in mechanical room, building evacuated
12-January 2017 EL PASO 17-201-01 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO trash can fire in theater scenery shop, damage confined to trash can and smoke. PD used hand-held extinguisher
9-January 2017 Mexia 17-199-01 Incendiary Mexia SSLC dumpster fire near voc.ed. workshop building, contained to dumpster, no evacuation
8-January 2017 Mexia 17-198-01 Incendiary Mexia SSLC dumpster fire between campus canteen and dining room; no evacuation needed, no building damage
6-January 2017 Lubbock 17-192-01 Incendiary Lubbock SSLC resident set fire to papers in his room, minor damage and smoke damage
4-January 2017 Galveston 17-182-01 Incendiary UTMB John Sealy Hospital partial evacuation because of smoke; bed set on fire in surgical waiting room in unused portion of building
31-December-2016 Giddings 17-183-12 Accidental Giddings State School dryer and contents in dorm laudry area, damage limited to dryer and contents
16-December-2016 San Antonio 17-145-12 Accidental San Antonio State Hospital new heating unit being installed,oil in unit created smokewhich went into building, building evacuated; SAFD found fire, no damage
12-December-2016 EL PASO 17-136-12 Undetermined UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO fire in trash can outside book store; extinguished with hand-held extinguisher; no building damage, possible discarded cigarette
12-December-2016 Mexia 17-133-12 Incendiary Mexia SSLC unknown subject destroyed die cast toy car, self-extinguished
10-December-2016 Houston 17-151-12 Accidental University of Houston Hilton Hotel--Eric's Grill; grease fire on the grill, no FD response, extinguished by cook, no property damage
7-December-2016 Austin 17-149-12 Accidental University of Texas System Administration unauthorized person flying drone near building under construction; drone flew into building; battery damaged and dislodged; fell into grease near man-lift; smouldered, extinguished quickly; no damage to building
5-December-2016 Gatesville 17-123-12 Accidental Gatesville Women's State Jail, Linda Woodman Unit laundry room and equipment, cotton and other items taken out of dryer, put in cloth bags, left for folding later, items ignited, fire spread, damaged some furnishings in room
3-December-2016 Pollock 17-122-12 Accidental Lufkin SSLC golf cart being driven at time of fire, towel ignited from engine heat
2-December-2016 Houston 17-132-12 Accidental University of Houston Melcher Hall: outlet under desk with cell phone charger plugged in caught fire, extinguished by staff; damage to desk, outlet, charger, upholstered chair; melted wiring, may have been electrical
30-November-2016 Richardson 17-119-12 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS apartment complex under construction, fire contained to roof (unattended tar mop saturated with pre-heated combustible roofing compound), damage apprx. $200,000
20-November-2016 San Marcos 17-131-12 Accidental Texas State University fire in grease fryer in Panda Express kitchen, staff couldn't extinguish. FD found second gas supply line, shut it off, extinguished; no damage to state property, no injuries
16-November-2016 Austin 17-098-11 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN San Antonio parking garage, private car caught fire; FD said electrical short near battery
16-November-2016 Mexia 17-105-11 Incendiary Mexia SSLC resident took his shirt off and lit it and toilet paper with lighter, building evacuated as precaution, practically no damage
14-November-2016 Houston 17-109-11 Accidental University of Houston Science Center: subject disposing chemicals after experiment, waste container had remnants of other chemical, reaction and explosion ensued; subject taken to hospital for treatment, hazmat decontamivated the room
13-November-2016 Bandera 17-097-11 Undetermined Hill Country State Natural Area barn fire, also investigated by TPWD, east end of barn heavily damaged; possibly connected to criminal mischief in another part of park
12-November-2016 Abilene 17-096-11 Accidental TDCJ Robertson Unit tractor caught fire in storage barn (electrical), spread to adjacent tractor
30-October-2016 El Paso 17-084-10 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO new popcorn maker at Haskins Center concession stand caught fire, only machine damaged
16-October-2016 Houston 17-072-10 Undetermined University of Houston sign on exterior of Student Center caught fire; UH PD extinguished, no buildings affected, determined to be criminal mischief
12-October-2016 Laredo 17-060-10 Accidental TAMU Laredo trash bin at construction site; no damage to any building
10-October-2016 Denton 17-052-10 Undetermined Texas Woman's University small trash can fire in 19th floor maintenance room of 24-story dorm; partial, then complete evacuation; quick extinguishment, miminal damage
30-September-2016 Austin 17-038-09 Incendiary UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN unknow subject put book in microwave at Perry-Castenada library, turned it on, walked away; fire contained to microwave, UTPD investigating
21-September-2016 Mexia 17-032-09 Incendiary Mexia SSLC resident took his shirt off outside building and lit it on fire, then patted it out with his hands; no other damage
16-September-2016 Austin 17-025-09 Undetermined Austin State Hospital dumpster fire; extinguished by AFD
15-September-2016 Austin 17-028-09 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN J.J. Pickle Campus, small fire in mech. room, damage isolated to gas axhaust scrubber
7-September-2016 Laredo 17-009-09 Accidental TAMU Laredo trash truck arrived on campus, smoke noted coming from compacter area, pulled into Cowert Hall parking lot; small trash bag on fire pulled from truck, no damage to state property

2016

Date of fire City Case Number Fire cause Business name Description
15-August-2016 Mexia 16-632-08 Incendiary Mexia SSLC resident ignited papers in dorm bathroom; placed them inside ceiling tiles; smoke detected quickly, self extinguished; minimal damage.
14-August-2016 Houston 16-628-08 Accidental University of Houston Cougar Place Apartments; small fire in microwave, self-extinguished, HFD responded
9-August-2016 Austin 16-622-08 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN flash fire in Molecular Biology Building during preparation of slides with 70% ethanol solution; damage limited to beaker, portable extinguisher used
7-August-2016 Mexia 16-614-08 Incendiary Mexia SSLC laundry cart found burning, another found already burned outside housing unit; staff extinguished quickly, no other damage
3-August-2016 San Antonio 16-610-08 Accidental TAMU San Antonio construction workers welding, extinguished quickly, approximately 16 sf, no buildings damaged
2-August-2016 Gainesville 16-611-08 Accidental TDJJ Gainesville dryer fire while drying mop heads and rags; contained to dryer, full building evacuation, no other damage
25-July-2016 Houston 16-590-07 Accidental University of Houston air handler unit in mech room caught fire, extinguished by security officer, bearing grease was dripping into motor windings, heating to ignition temperature
23-July-2016 Houston 16-589-07 Accidental University of Houston Hilton Hotel fire in air handler in mechanical room, extinguished with portable extinguisher, complete evacuation
22-July-2016 San Antonio 16-586-07 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO Biotechnology Sciences & Engineering lab fire; water damage from sprinkler activation; fire damage limited to trash can, cardboard box, workbench; one minor injury when beaker exploded, chemical(s) not identified
14-July-2016 Alpine 16-567-07 Accidental SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY diumpster fire behind Gallego Center, smoking bag of trash found, construction personnel said they put back with sawdust, mineral spirits, other trash in dumpster
13-July-2016 Big Spring 16-575-07 Accidental Big Spring State Hospital cardboard under palletsof water bottles on truck parked in sun ignited; bottles acted as prisms
12-July-2016 Houston 16-565-07 Accidental University of Houston portable torch being used in roofing work caught wood on fire; mostly extinguished by contractor, HFD extinguished hot spots.
24-June-2016 Houston 16-531-06 Accidental University of Houston Calhoun Lofts -- kitchen towel found burning on stove top, security officer extinguished in sink, partial evacuation
20-June-2016 Arlington 16-532-06 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON cooling fan motor caused mimor damage to cooling tower support structure
18-June-2016 El Paso 16-518-06 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO student heating oil in pan set off smoke alarm, Miner Village building briefly evacuated
15-June-2016 Austin 16-508-06 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN lab oven in Chemical/Petroleum Engineering Building caught plastic container on fire; no other damage; no evacuation
3-June-2016 San Marcos 16-510-06 Accidental TSU exhaust fan in San Marcos Hall bathroom overheated, caused small fire and smoke, no other damage
24-May-2016 El Paso 16-483-05 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO contractor was welding, radiant heat activated sprinkler head, flooded basement, partial evacuation
10-May-2016 Alpine 16-471-05 Accidental SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY dryer fire in dorm/apartment building laundry room, limited damage to back of unit
3-May-2016 El Paso 16-455-05 Accidental UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO elevator motor started smoking from pump malfunction, set off smoke alarm, dorm elevator out of service until fixed
1-May-2016 Victoria 16-450-05 Accidental University of Houston - Victoria Jaguar Hall kitchen grill, cooking fire from accumulated grease, no damage
30-April-2016 Huntsville 16-448-05 Accidental SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY Dorm studentcharging hoverboard, fire extinguished bu SHSU PD, occupant reated for smoke inhalation, minimal damage
23-April-2016 College Station 16-435-04 Accidental TAMU vet lab electrical short in junction box to old refrigerator, extinguished with hand-held extinguisher, minimal damage
23-April-2016 Austin 16-436-04 Accidental Texas Memorial Museum lights being turned on for use, flame seen on ceiling track lighting unit, lights turned off, flames extinguished, fire alarm, no damage, no injuries
22-April-2016 Longview 16-431-04 Accidental DPS office power surge caused power strip to overheat and melt; minimal damage
20-April-2016 Denton 16-425-04 Accidental Texas Woman's University leased buildings lighting strike on roof of one building, complete evacuation
14-April-2016 Corpus Christi 16-423-04 Accidental TAMU Corpus Christi small fire at Conrad Blucher Instutute, box of drones found burning, probably faulty battery pack, building evacuated, room closed for repairs
2-April-2016 Midland 16-407-04 Undetermined TXDOT Engineering/maintenance site's new generator caught fire after power outage
28-March-2016 College Station 16-392-03 Undetermined TAMU Rec. Sports Complex construction area/weight room, building expansion; construction materials damaged, deemed not suspicious, no specific cause identified
16-March-2016 El Paso 16-377-03 Accidental UTEP Miner Canyon Canyon dorms, Copper Hall Possible electrical short in dorm room, toaster caught fire, hand extinguisher used, no other damage
9-March-2016 Bryan 16-354-03 Accidental TAMU Riverside Campus chem lab visiting foreign scholar using vacuum pump to separate material w/ hexane suffered 2nd degree burns when vapors ignited, taken to Hermann Memorial Hospital Houston in critical condition, minimal damage to rook
6-March-2016 Commerce 16-362-03 Undetermined TAMU Commerce small fire in dorm room bathroom, minimal damage
5-March-2016 Corpus Christi 16-350-03 Accidental TAMU Corpus Christi science lab fire; table-top oven left on, heating within room; small oven fire quickly extinguished; no structural damage
1-March-2016 Houston 16-360-03 Accidental University of Houston dining facility kitchen, cloths left under gas-fired griddle while griddle in use, fire extinguished by staff with portable extinguisher, no evacuation needed
19-February-2016 Austin 16-318-02 Accidental ASSLC vehicle crashed into shed on property, caught fire, minor damage to shed roof, vehicle occupants taken to hospital, no residents or staff in danger, no other building damage
12-February-2016 College Station 16-302-02 Accidental TAMU unattended cooking fire at conference center, hood extinguishing system activated, alarm activated, total evacuation, no building damage
9-February-2016 Nacogdoches 16-341-03 Undetermined SFA University student center; hot tempura batter pplaced in colander set boxes and paper good above on fire, sprinkler head activated, minimized fire damage, pipe ruptured on third floor causing flood damage, complete evacuation
4-February-2016 Houston 16-293-02 Accidental University of Houston apartment fire, plastic can for discarded cigarettes on patio caught fire, extinguished with handheld extinguisher
4-February-2016 Denton 16-288-02 Accidental Denton SSLC grass fire at gate entrance, caused by cigarette, extinguished by employee, no structures damaged
3-February-2016 Corpus Christi 16-289-02 Accidental TAMU smell of burning rubber in Dugan Wellness Center mechanical room, no structural damage
28-January-2016 College  Station 16-269-01 Undetermined TAMU trashcan fire in Mosher dorm, ceiling above damaged, extinguished by sprinkler system
20-January-2016 San Marcos 16-249-01 Accidental TSU fire in Bexar hall dorm room, candle ignited plastic toothbrush holder, extinguished with fire extinguisher, no other damage
15-January-2016 Gainesville 16-257-01 Undetermined Gainesville TJJD fire in cafeteria laundry room in load of towels and work aprons, staff extinguished with handheld extinguisher, minimal damage
13-January-2016 Gainesville 16-235-01 Undetermined Gainesville TJJD fire in cafeteria laundry room when laundry being moved from dryer; staff took it outside and extinguished; no building damage
3-January-2016 Denton 16-226-01 Accidental Denton SSLC resident turned burner on, placed pizza box on it and left kitchen; smoke alarm sounded, staff member found box on fire and extinguisher in sink
30-December-2015 Cleburne 16-213-12 Undetermined TxDOT 2 sand-spreading trucks damaged by carport fire that started in one of the trucks
3-December-2015 Laredo 16-182-12 Accidental TAMU Laredo mechanical at Vergara Science Center, damage to air handler motor
3-December-2015 Laredo 16-181-12 Accidental TAMU Laredo small dorm room oven fire, no damage
24-November-2015 Laredo 16-155-11 Accidental TAMU Laredo electrical plant backup battery overheated, caught fire; extinguished by staff, no other damage
12-November-2015 Houston 16-139-11 Undetermined UT Health Science fire in parking garage shaft, exact area of origin could not be viewed; possibly discarded cigarette
unknown; assigned 3-November-2015 Houston 16-118-11 Accidental University of Houston Cambridge Oaks Apartments cooking fire, tenant extinguished with baking soda, did not report, did not find until later inspection, minor damage
30-October-2015 Tyler 16-121-11 Incendiary UT Tyler SFMO inspector saw foam decoration with melted edge on dorm room door; campus police interviewed occupant, who said he held his lighter to decoration; no charges filed
28-October-2015 Austin 16-111-10 Accidental UT Austin Biomedical Engineering Building lab oven caught fire, fire confined to oven, full evacuation because of smoke, no injuries
21-October-2015 Mexia 16-099-10 Incendiary Mexia SSLC resident removed his shirt, set it on fire, threw it on floor, staff member stomped it out, no proprty damage
19-October-2015 Odessa 16-098-10 Undetermined UT Permian Basin student's car caught fire in front of student housing; owner working on car shortly before fire; minimal damage to state property
9-October-2015 San Antonio 16-088-10 Accidental San Antonio SSLC fire at duplex receptacle with power cord for motorized bed in patient room; full evacuation
7-October-2015 Mexia 16-066-10 Undetermined Mexia SSLC overhead power line may have arced, ignited grass below; small area burned between two buildings, no other damage
29-September-2015 San Antonio 16-049-10 Accidental San Antonio State Hospital electrical transfer box ignited small grass fire at parking lot, extinguished by employee
28-September-2015 Athens 16-041-09 Accidental TXDOT warehouse minor damage from small fire in palletted plastic road barriers; ignited by hot fragments from metal halide light on ceiling; extinguished by employees
20-September-2015 Mesquite Bay 16-040-09 Undetermined floating TPWD cabin burned to waterline
14-September-2015 San Antonio 16-048-10 Incendiary San Antonio State Hospital client set fire to curtains, extinguished by employee
3-September-2015 Texarkana 16-005-09 Undetermined TAMU Texarkana computer caught fire in library, caused smoke to fill room, minimal damage
1-September-2015 Tyler 16-004-09 Undetermined UT Tyler student apartment, small stovetop fire, minor smoke damage, student received minor burns to arms
1-September-2015 Tyler 16-003-09 Undetermined UT Tyler small fire in woods in undeveloped part of campus, less than 1/4 acre burned

2015

Date of fire City Case Number Fire cause Business name Description
23-August-15 Pollock 15-656-08 Undetermined 6844 Hwy 69 North open land, one bush burned; possibly caused by cigarette thrown from passing car on highway; no damage to any building
21-August-15 Austin 15-650-08 Accidental John H. Winters Building alarm activation, AFD found smoke on third floor, origin in room 350, electrical problem, power strip overheated
20-August-2015 Mexia 15-649-08 Undetermined Mexia SSLC staff smelled smoke, found small fire in maintenance building roof; front had come through, possible lightning strike
13-August-2015 Laredo 15-634-08 Accidental TAMU Laredo power lined arced, causing grass fire; extinguished quickly, no damage to any building
10-August-2015 Mexia 15-635-08 Incendiary Mexia SSLC Resident was told he was being moved to another home, used cigarette lighter to ignite some of his clothing; staff grabbed the clothing, stomped the fire out; no injuries, no damage
9-August-2015 Denton 15-626-08 Accidental Denton SSLC Staff tried to use kitchen stove in residential unit after it was cleaned; lower heating element burned and separated; damage limited to kitchen.
7-August-2015 Austin 15-611-08 Incendiary South drive of Capitol building vehicle fire
4-August-15 Austin 15-610-08 Accidental Texas Department of Insurance, Hobby Building air handler motor burned out, blew smoke into building; full evacuation, no fire, no injuries
31-July-15 Laredo 15-607-08 Accidental Texas A&M University at Laredo, RLC Clubhouse someone tilted coffee dispenser with Sterno bottle under it, Sterno liquid spread and ignited tablecloth, fire extinguished immediately and confined to tablecloth; building not damaged, no evacuation
31-July-15 Canyon 15-596-07 Undetermined Palo Duro State Park fireworks explosion in metal ammunition magazine; preparation for fireworks show; one person killed
24-July-15 Mexia 15-600-08 Undetermined Mexia SSLC fire in burn pit, possibly caused by staff member discarding cigarette in area; no damage, no evacuation
18-July-2015 Beeville 15-560-07 Accidental Garza Unit, TDCJ fire in one room of Bachelor Officers Quarters; bedding pushed against plugs in outlet, heat could not dissipate, bedding caught fire.
7-July-15 Vernon 15-539-07 Incendiary Vernon State Hospital client used lighter to ignite bushes outside in open area; no other damage, extinguished by facility staff; no prosecution
16-June-15 Austin 15-531-07 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN telecom equipment fire in Kinsolving dorm, confined to equipment room, extinguished by staff, no evacuation, no building damage
10-June-15 Odessa 15-494-06   UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PERMIAN BASIN trash fire outside dorm room in student housing
05-June-15 Austin 15-485-06   UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN elevator equipment at Frank Erwin Center produced smoke during HS graduation, full evacuation, no damage to building
25-May-15 Nacogdoches 15-471-05 ACCIDENTAL STEPHEN F. AUSTIN UNIVERSITY small fire in chicken house, gas leak near heater, extinguished w/minimal damage
25-May-15 Houston 15-499-06 UNDETERMINED UT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER possible lightning strike during storm; residents relocated to other apartments during repairs
07-May-15 Brenham 15-439-05 UNDETERMINED DADS--BRENHAM STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER employee's personal vehicle caught fire in parking lot, extinguished by FD; another employee suffered smoke inhalation trying to extinguish; no damage to state property
06-May-15 Alpine 15-443-05 ACCIDENTAL SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY personal vehicle in parking lot of museum, apparent electrical fire in dash, no damage to university property
04-May-15 Denton 15-466-05  Accidental UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS several occupants of residence hall making s'mores, set off sprinkler; no fire, just water damage
02-May-15 Midway 15-427-05 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE FERGUSON UNIT duplex being remodeled, including floors; spontaneous combustion of polyurethane-soaked rags
02-May-15 Austin 15-430-05 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN ENGINEERING TEACHING CENTER student said lab equipment caught fire, no damage to building
17-April-15 Denton 15-398-04 ACCIDENTAL DENTON STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER fire in microwave in living unit, damage limited to microwave
11-April-15 Denton 15-394-04 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS VICTORY HALL resident heating oil to cook, flamed up, extinguished by university police officer
09-April-15 Houston 15-419-04 UNDETERMINED UT HOUSTON HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER OPERATIONS CENTER landscaping outside building burned, possibly from cigarette; smoke drifted into building, set off alarm, no damage to building
06-April-15 San Antonio 15-421-04 INCENDIARY SAN ANTONIO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER resident used lighter to ignite paper towels in bathroom trash can, no alarms
04-April-15 Mexia 15-376-04 INCENDIARY MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER client set fire in trash can in restroom, minor damage
01-April-15 College Station 15-379-04 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY EVANS LIBRARY cigarette thrown in trash can in restroom, minor damage
30-March-15 Corpus Christi 15-373-04 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI CAMDEN HALL fire in apartment oven w/combustibles inside, extinguished w/hand-held, no evacuation
10-March-15 Alpine 15-340-03 ACCIDENTAL SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY MARSHALL AUDITORIUM stage curtains stored too close to lamp, staff used hand extinguisher; no evacuation
20-February-15 Lubbock 15-307-02 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY--WIGGINS COMPLEX grill fire in catering kitchen caused by high flames on grill & buildup of grease on grill & hood, fire got into hood system & duct work
03-February-15 Austin 15-262-02 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN--WINSHIP DRAMA BLDG. fire in trash can on loading dock after student break, no damage to building
02-February-15 Houston 15-265-02 UNDETERMINED UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB flash fire in lab during experiment, one student w/minor injuries, no evacuation
30-January-15 Commerce 15-253-01 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY COMMERCE small fire on bed from student smoking (unauthorized), student extinguished it, damage to bed linens only
29-January-15 Commerce 15-252-01 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY COMMERCE small grease fire on stovetop, occupant extinguished, no damage
26-January-15 Houston 15-278-02 INCENDIARY TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY--LANIER HALL small fire in bathroom, one arrest, minimal damage, suspect convicted
15-January-15 Austin 15-221-01 UNDETERMINED UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN SEAY PSYCHOLOGY BUILDING cleaning machine being used by custodians caught fire, minimal damage
07-January-15 Waller 15-219-01 ACCIDENTAL PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY, C.L. WILSON BUILDING LiON & NiMH batteries being parallel charged on charger for NiMH batteries, LiON battery overcharged, caught fire
05-January-15 College Station 15-202-01 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY STUDENT RECREATION CENTER dryer in laundry room of rec center caught fire, no other damage
10-December-14 Galveston 15-174-12 ACCIDENTAL UTMB GALVESTON TRAUMA CENTER clothes dryer malfunction, clothes caught fire; employee used extinguisher, no evacuation; dryer not state property
10-December-14 Galveston 15-175-12 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GALVESTON JOHN SEALY ANNEX light ballast arced, caught fire; contractor used extinguisher, partial evacuation
06-December-14 Fort Worth 15-170-12 UNDETERMINED TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FT. WORTH DIST. employee returning from work saw smoke, FD unable to determine cause
27-November-14 Carlsbad 15-154-12 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER client lit towel on fire
25-November-14 Odessa 15-153-11 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PERMIAN BASIN student housing cooking fire, sprinkler system discharged
21-November-14 College Station 15-142-11 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT grad student used wrong thermocouple in chem lab to heat paraffin oil, overheated; student injured during extinguishment, treated/released; damage to hood only
07-November-14 Austin 15-120-11 ACCIDENTAL STATE OF TEXAS -- GOVERNOR'S MANSION small kitchen fire, chef burned taking pot outside to extinguish
05-November-14 Corpus Christi 15-119-11 UNDETERMINED TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI BAYSIDE GARAGE student's vehicle in parking garage, extinguished by campus police
03-November-14 Laredo 15-125-11 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY VILLAGE apparent improper disposal of still-burning charcoal damaged trash can
02-November-14 Corpus Christi 15-114-11 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI kitchen grease fire, successful evacuation
30-October-14 Denton 15-111-11 UNDETERMINED UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, SIGMA NU FRATERNITY plastic sand-filled container for smoking materials melted, fire spread onto wood deck at back of building
28-October-14 Laredo 15-124-11 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, CANSECO HALL vending machine cord damaged, caused smoke
26-October-14 Denton 15-101-10 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY, STARK HALL dorm laundry room, 3 dryers damaged, fire spread into duct work, set off sprinkler in mech room, activated alarm
20-October-14 Austin 15-095-10 UNDETERMINED UT AUSTIN APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORIES computer on bottom of rack caught fire, activated alarm; extinguished by hand, no damage to building
17-October-14 Carlsbad 15-103-10 INCENDIARY STATE OF TEXAS--SAN ANGELO SSLC client lit piece of paper, threatened staff
14-October-14 Canyon 15-081-01 ACCIDENTAL WEST TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CLASSROOM CENTER fire confined to A/C unit, no damage to building
11-October-14 Victoria 15-085-10 UNDETERMINED UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON JAGUAR SUITES smoke in student lounge, residents burned pan in kitchen, no evacuation
06-October-14 Huntsville 15-096-10 ACCIDENTAL SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY OLD MAIN MARKET kitchen fire on grille, hood suppression system did not activate because grill not properly positioned
30-September-14 Carlsbad 15-071-10 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER resident ignited shower curtain, minimal damage
23-September-14 Kingsville 15-045-09 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY KINGSVILLE grease fire in apartment kitchen
15-September-14 Houston 15-066-09 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HOUSTON HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER resident thought burner off, placed burner cover on it, later found it burning; no other damage, no evacuation
13-September-14 Carlsbad 15-029-09 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER client lit paper, then damaged sprinkler head; full evacuation
13-September-14 Carlsbad 15-030-09 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER client lit paper at med room door; no evacuation
09-September-14 Austin 15-017-09 ACCIDENTAL STATE OF TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE smoke in electric room, battery pack to control panel overheated
08-September-14 Houston 15-023-09 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON CULLEN OAKS APARTMENTS bathroom vent malfunctioned, melted plastic from fan dripped on items on floor
06-September-14 Corpus Christi 15-046-09 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI cooking fire in apartment, damage to kitchen only

2012-2014

Date of fire City Case Number Fire cause Business name Description
20-August-14 San Angelo 14-621-08 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Client ignited fires on bed and shower curtain
19-August-14 Carlsbad 14-613-08 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE LIVING CENTER, BLDG. 504-B Client ignited shirt, put in on dresser
18-August-14 Huntsville 14-605-08 UNDETERMINED TEXAS DEPARTENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE Office building, communications area
17-July-14 College Station 14-554-07 UNDETERMINED TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY DUNN HALL Dorm, lint collection vent of dryer
06-July-14 Houston 14-560-07 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - HOUSTON SCH. OF PUB. HEALTH Class building, pump on chilled water system overheated
05-July-14 Houston 14-559-07 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - HOUSTON STUDENT HOUSING APTS Pot left on stove ignited
26-June-14 Galveston 14-579-07 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GALVESTON JOHN SEALY HOSPITAL FD found burning towel in bathroom of room
04-June-14 Huntsville 14-483-06 ACCIDENTAL SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY (WHITE HALL) Emergency light fixture battery pack overheated, smoked
05-May-14 Austin 14-489-06 INCENDIARY UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN Classroom building, custodian found burned toilet paper in bathroom
01-May-14 Austin 14-424-05 ACCIDENTAL AUSTIN STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Cigarettes smoldering in steel disposal container outside
29-April-14 Corpus Christi 14-406-04 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI Dryer in custodial warehouse
29-April-14 Austin 14-413-05 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN Chem lab fire during experiment, student injured
28-April-14 Alpine 14-404-04 UNDETERMINED SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY Open land used by art students, started in pile of wood
25-April-14 Houston 14-452-05 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ACADEMIC BUILDING Fan motor smoked
24-April-14 Pollok 14-400-04 ACCIDENTAL LUFKIN STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Small grease fire in skillet in kitchen
21-April-14 Victoria 14-399-04 INCENDIARY UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON VICTORIA Dorm bulletin board set on fire, one convicted
14-April-14 Houston 14-393-04 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Two burned working on electric breaker panel
11-April-14 Commerce 14-382-04 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - COMMERCE Sorority/dorm, lit candles too close to fabric placed over windows
27-February-14 Houston 14-298-02 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON OCB WAREHOUSE Misuse of extension cords
27-February-14 Corpus Christi 14-304-03 UNDETERMINED TAMU - CORPUS CHRISTI Dorm, exhaust fan in bathroom ceiling overheated
23-February-14 Commerce 14-314-03 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY COMMERCE Tree in construction area, possibly from cigarettes dropped in dry leaves at base
22-February-14 Mexia 14-293-02 INCENDIARY MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Yard area in front of gym
21-February-14 Kingsville 14-289-02 INCENDIARY TEXAS A&M KINGSVILLE Piece of paper on wall outside dorm room
14-February-14 Lubbock 14-278-02 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY Dorm, resident used flat iron on bed, left it on
10-February-14 College Station 14-267-02 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SPENCE HALL Resident put candle in trash without blowing it out
10-February-14 Galveston 14-271-02 ACCIDENTAL UTMB GALVESTON Post-doc placed smoldering rag in trash after experiment, not soaked in water first
10-February-14 Kingsville 14-288-02 INCENDIARY TEXAS A&M KINGSVILLE piece of paper on wall outside dorm room
02-February-14 College Station 14-257-02 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Pinhole leak in oil line at central utilities plant
01-February-14 Houston 14-263-02 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON CALHOUN LOFTS Overheated fan motor, central air unit, apartments
28-January-14 Canyon 14-248-01 ACCIDENTAL WEST TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Small kitchen grease fire
19-January-14 Mexia 14-226-01 INCENDIARY STATE OF TEXAS--MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CTR. Fire in dumpster
18-January-14 Mexia 14-225-01 INCENDIARY MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Fire in dumpster
15-January-14 Mexia 14-218-01 UNDETERMINED MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Fire in trash can at baseball field
15-January-14 Commerce 14-254-01 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY COMMERCE Small grease fire in residence hall
11-January-14 Mexia 14-208-01 INCENDIARY MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Resident lit fire in trash can outdoors
08-January-14 Corpus Christi 14-203-01 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI Class bldg., broken generator exhaust pipe caused wood to smolder
28-December-13 Mexia 14-179-12 INCENDIARY MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Resident lit Styrofoam cup outdoors
28-December-13 Vernon 14-236-01 ACCIDENTAL STATE OF TEXAS--NORTH TEXAS STATE HOSPITAL Fan motor on walk-in freezer caught fire
16-December-13 Mexia 14-158-12 INCENDIARY MEXIA SSLC Resident lit piece of paper in coin slot of outdoor vending machine
15-December-13 Carlsbad 14-154-12 ACCIDENTAL SAN ANGELO STATE SCHOOL Pot of oil on kitchen stove
13-December-13 Corpus Christi 14-149-12 UNDETERMINED CORPUS CHRISTI STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Electrical fire, central kitchen dishwasher
12-December-13 Denton 14-150-12 ACCIDENTAL DENTON STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Staff stored food in plastic in oven, another staff turned oven on
11-December-13 Mexia 14-146-12 ACCIDENTAL MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Electrical short, workshop building central heating
11-December-13 El Paso 14-169-12 INCENDIARY UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO Pieces of paper on walls outside dorm rooms set on fire
09-December-13 El Paso 14-168-12 UNDETERMINED UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO Pieces of paper on walls outside dorm rooms set on fire
30-November-13 Arlington 14-253-01 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON Electric space heater in chemistry building
26-November-13 Carlsbad 14-135-12 INCENDIARY STATE OF TEXAS DEPT. OF MHMR Client lit paper towel, dropped it in dining room trash can
26-November-13 El Paso 14-167-12 INCENDIARY UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO Pieces of paper on walls outside dorm rooms set on fire
19-November-13 Houston 14-117-11 INCENDIARY UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON CALHOUN LOFTS APARTMENTS Student started small fire (prosecuted criminal mischief)
13-November-13 Mexia 14-108-11 INCENDIARY MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Outside in smoking area, resident set fire to chip bag
13-November-13 Dallas 14-143-12 UNDETERMINED UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER Lab storeroom, low-order explosion
01-November-13 Austin 14-088-11 UNDETERMINED STATE OF TEXAS--UT AUSTIN ROBERT LEE MOORE HALL Trash can in restroom, classroom building
01-November-13 Mexia 14-093-11 ACCIDENTAL STATE OF TEXAS--MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CTR. Light ballast
14-October-13 Commerce 14-057-10 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM Dorm cooking fire
12-October-13 Mexia 14-048-10 UNDETERMINED MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Probable power surge, electrical storm, microwave caught fire
09-October-13 Houston 14-042-10 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Dorm dryer vent
18-September-13 Pollok 14-019-09 UNDETERMINED LUFKIN STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Grass fire from sparks from loose connections, overhead power lines
06-August-13 Austin 13-512-08 UNDETERMINED SECRETARY OF STATE Power strip shorted
05-August-13 San Marcos 13-516-08 UNDETERMINED TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY Chiller pump motor burned out
16-July-13 Houston 13-485-07 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Student moving into dorm stacked boxes on stove, burner was on
16-July-13 Houston 13-491-07 ACCIDENTAL M.D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER Torch used in repairs ignited HEPA filters
22-June-13 Denton 14-006-09 ACCIDENTAL DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES Denton SSLC--use of foil in microwave by staff
29-April-13 Victoria 13-379-04 ACCIDENTAL STATE OF TEXAS/UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Dorm room A/C unit
26-April-13 Amarillo 13-374-04 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Vet lab incinerator--pipe contacted wood structure
18-April-13 Big Spring 13-378-04 ACCIDENTAL BIG SPRING STATE HOSPITAL Kitchen freezer motor
31-March-13 Houston 13-333-04 INCENDIARY UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Dorm kitchen area, stove top
25-March-13 Denton 13-349-04 ACCIDENTAL DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES Denton SSLC, overheating lunch in microwave by staff
01-March-13 Sweetwater 13-319-03 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE Electrical, dorm bathroom
27-February-13 Lubbock 13-267-02 UNDETERMINED TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY Gas leaked into soil, migrated into dorm walls, small explosion w/light switch
20-February-13 Nacogdoches 13-251-02 UNDETERMINED STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY Electrical fire in small stove, dorm communal kitchen
19-January-13 Corpus Christi 13-242-02 UNDETERMINED TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI Dorm bath, electrical problem in plug
06-December-12 Richmond 13-132-12 ACCIDENTAL DADS--RICHMOND SSLC Roofers removed vent, system pulled smoke into bldg., no real fire
04-December-12 Houston 13-139-12 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON HVAC motor overheated, produced smoke
03-December-12 San Angelo 13-126-12 ACCIDENTAL SAN ANGELO STATE UNIVERSITY Clothes left in dryer in dorm too long
29-November-12 Richmond 13-121-11 ACCIDENTAL RICHMOND STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Roof repair sent smoke into building
19-November-12 Houston 13-138-12 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Ember ignited sawdust in vent system, limited damage
27-October-12 Denton 13-084-11 UNDETERMINED TEXAS HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION Denton SSLC dumpster
18-October-12 Corpus Christi 13-055-10 ACCIDENTAL CORPUS CHRISTI STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER Overloaded clothes dryer
11-October-12 Big Spring 13-094-11 ACCIDENTAL BIG SPRING STATE HOSPITAL Worker welding on dumpster
02-October-12 San Antonio 13-046-10 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO Apartment kitchen fire
01-October-12 Huntsville 13-036-10 UNDETERMINED SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY Electrical, elevator in field house
22-August-12 Denton 13-028-09 UNDETERMINED DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES SSLC vehicle
25-July-12 Austin 12-361-07 INCENDIARY UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS Computer science building; no suspects
31-May-12 Kingsville 12-309-06 UNDETERMINED TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY KINGSVILLE CAMPUS Short in vending machine
16-May-12 Denton 12-287-05 INCENDIARY DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES Fire in dental clinic of SSLC
08-March-12 Huntsville 12-223-03 INCENDIARY STATE OF TEXAS--TDCJ ESTELLE UNIT Inmate started electrical fire in cell

2015

Date of fire City Case Number Fire cause Business name Description
23-August-15 Pollock 15-656-08 Undetermined 6844 Hwy 69 North open land, one bush burned; possibly caused by cigarette thrown from passing car on highway; no damage to any building
21-August-15 Austin 15-650-08 Accidental John H. Winters Building alarm activation, AFD found smoke on third floor, origin in room 350, electrical problem, power strip overheated
13-August-2015 Laredo 15-634-08 Accidental TAMU Laredo power lined arced, causing grass fire; extinguished quickly, no damage to any building
4-August-15 Austin 15-610-08 Accidental Texas Department of Insurance, Hobby Building air handler motor burned out, blew smoke into building; full evacuation, no fire, no injuries
31-July-15 Laredo 15-607-08 Accidental Texas A&M University at Laredo, RLC Clubhouse someone tilted coffee dispenser with Sterno bottle under it, Sterno liquid spread and ignited tablecloth, fire extinguished immediately and confined to tablecloth; building not damaged, no evacuation
31-July-15 Canyon 15-596-07 Undetermined Palo Duro State Park fireworks explosion in metal ammunition magazine; preparation for fireworks show; one person killed
24-July-15 Mexia 15-600-08 Undetermined Mexia SSLC fire in burn pit, possibly caused by staff member discarding cigarette in area; no damage, no evacuation
18-July-2015 Beeville 15-560-07 Accidental Garza Unit, TDCJ fire in one room of Bachelor Officers Quarters; bedding pushed against plugs in outlet, heat could not dissipate, bedding caught fire.
7-July-15 Vernon 15-539-07 Incendiary Vernon State Hospital client used lighter to ignite bushes outside in open area; no other damage, extinguished by facility staff; no prosecution
16-June-15 Austin 15-531-07 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN telecom equipment fire in Kinsolving dorm, confined to equipment room, extinguished by staff, no evacuation, no building damage
10-June-15 Odessa 15-494-06   UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PERMIAN BASIN trash fire outside dorm room in student housing
05-June-15 Austin 15-485-06   UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN elevator equipment at Frank Erwin Center produced smoke during HS graduation, full evacuation, no damage to building
25-May-15 Nacogdoches 15-471-05 ACCIDENTAL STEPHEN F. AUSTIN UNIVERSITY small fire in chicken house, gas leak near heater, extinguished w/minimal damage
25-May-15 Houston 15-499-06 UNDETERMINED UT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER possible lightning strike during storm; residents relocated to other apartments during repairs
07-May-15 Brenham 15-439-05 UNDETERMINED DADS--BRENHAM STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER employee's personal vehicle caught fire in parking lot, extinguished by FD; another employee suffered smoke inhalation trying to extinguish; no damage to state property
06-May-15 Alpine 15-443-05 ACCIDENTAL SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY personal vehicle in parking lot of museum, apparent electrical fire in dash, no damage to university property
04-May-15 Denton 15-466-05  Accidental UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS several occupants of residence hall making s'mores, set off sprinkler; no fire, just water damage
02-May-15 Midway 15-427-05 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE FERGUSON UNIT duplex being remodeled, including floors; spontaneous combustion of polyurethane-soaked rags
02-May-15 Austin 15-430-05 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN ENGINEERING TEACHING CENTER student said lab equipment caught fire, no damage to building
17-April-15 Denton 15-398-04 ACCIDENTAL DENTON STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER fire in microwave in living unit, damage limited to microwave
11-April-15 Denton 15-394-04 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS VICTORY HALL resident heating oil to cook, flamed up, extinguished by university police officer
09-April-15 Houston 15-419-04 UNDETERMINED UT HOUSTON HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER OPERATIONS CENTER landscaping outside building burned, possibly from cigarette; smoke drifted into building, set off alarm, no damage to building
06-April-15 San Antonio 15-421-04 INCENDIARY SAN ANTONIO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER resident used lighter to ignite paper towels in bathroom trash can, no alarms
04-April-15 Mexia 15-376-04 INCENDIARY MEXIA STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER client set fire in trash can in restroom, minor damage
01-April-15 College Station 15-379-04 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY EVANS LIBRARY cigarette thrown in trash can in restroom, minor damage
30-March-15 Corpus Christi 15-373-04 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI CAMDEN HALL fire in apartment oven w/combustibles inside, extinguished w/hand-held, no evacuation
10-March-15 Alpine 15-340-03 ACCIDENTAL SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY MARSHALL AUDITORIUM stage curtains stored too close to lamp, staff used hand extinguisher; no evacuation
20-February-15 Lubbock 15-307-02 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY--WIGGINS COMPLEX grill fire in catering kitchen caused by high flames on grill & buildup of grease on grill & hood, fire got into hood system & duct work
03-February-15 Austin 15-262-02 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN--WINSHIP DRAMA BLDG. fire in trash can on loading dock after student break, no damage to building
02-February-15 Houston 15-265-02 UNDETERMINED UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB flash fire in lab during experiment, one student w/minor injuries, no evacuation
30-January-15 Commerce 15-253-01 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY COMMERCE small fire on bed from student smoking (unauthorized), student extinguished it, damage to bed linens only
29-January-15 Commerce 15-252-01 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY COMMERCE small grease fire on stovetop, occupant extinguished, no damage
26-January-15 Houston 15-278-02 INCENDIARY TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY--LANIER HALL small fire in bathroom, one arrest, minimal damage, suspect convicted
15-January-15 Austin 15-221-01 UNDETERMINED UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN SEAY PSYCHOLOGY BUILDING cleaning machine being used by custodians caught fire, minimal damage
07-January-15 Waller 15-219-01 ACCIDENTAL PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY, C.L. WILSON BUILDING LiON & NiMH batteries being parallel charged on charger for NiMH batteries, LiON battery overcharged, caught fire
05-January-15 College Station 15-202-01 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY STUDENT RECREATION CENTER dryer in laundry room of rec center caught fire, no other damage
10-December-14 Galveston 15-174-12 ACCIDENTAL UTMB GALVESTON TRAUMA CENTER clothes dryer malfunction, clothes caught fire; employee used extinguisher, no evacuation; dryer not state property
10-December-14 Galveston 15-175-12 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GALVESTON JOHN SEALY ANNEX light ballast arced, caught fire; contractor used extinguisher, partial evacuation
06-December-14 Fort Worth 15-170-12 UNDETERMINED TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FT. WORTH DIST. employee returning from work saw smoke, FD unable to determine cause
27-November-14 Carlsbad 15-154-12 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER client lit towel on fire
25-November-14 Odessa 15-153-11 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PERMIAN BASIN student housing cooking fire, sprinkler system discharged
21-November-14 College Station 15-142-11 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT grad student used wrong thermocouple in chem lab to heat paraffin oil, overheated; student injured during extinguishment, treated/released; damage to hood only
07-November-14 Austin 15-120-11 ACCIDENTAL STATE OF TEXAS -- GOVERNOR'S MANSION small kitchen fire, chef burned taking pot outside to extinguish
05-November-14 Corpus Christi 15-119-11 UNDETERMINED TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI BAYSIDE GARAGE student's vehicle in parking garage, extinguished by campus police
03-November-14 Laredo 15-125-11 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY VILLAGE apparent improper disposal of still-burning charcoal damaged trash can
02-November-14 Corpus Christi 15-114-11 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI kitchen grease fire, successful evacuation
30-October-14 Denton 15-111-11 UNDETERMINED UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, SIGMA NU FRATERNITY plastic sand-filled container for smoking materials melted, fire spread onto wood deck at back of building
28-October-14 Laredo 15-124-11 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, CANSECO HALL vending machine cord damaged, caused smoke
26-October-14 Denton 15-101-10 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY, STARK HALL dorm laundry room, 3 dryers damaged, fire spread into duct work, set off sprinkler in mech room, activated alarm
20-October-14 Austin 15-095-10 UNDETERMINED UT AUSTIN APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORIES computer on bottom of rack caught fire, activated alarm; extinguished by hand, no damage to building
17-October-14 Carlsbad 15-103-10 INCENDIARY STATE OF TEXAS--SAN ANGELO SSLC client lit piece of paper, threatened staff
14-October-14 Canyon 15-081-01 ACCIDENTAL WEST TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CLASSROOM CENTER fire confined to A/C unit, no damage to building
11-October-14 Victoria 15-085-10 UNDETERMINED UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON JAGUAR SUITES smoke in student lounge, residents burned pan in kitchen, no evacuation
06-October-14 Huntsville 15-096-10 ACCIDENTAL SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY OLD MAIN MARKET kitchen fire on grille, hood suppression system did not activate because grill not properly positioned
30-September-14 Carlsbad 15-071-10 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER resident ignited shower curtain, minimal damage
23-September-14 Kingsville 15-045-09 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY KINGSVILLE grease fire in apartment kitchen
15-September-14 Houston 15-066-09 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HOUSTON HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER resident thought burner off, placed burner cover on it, later found it burning; no other damage, no evacuation
13-September-14 Carlsbad 15-029-09 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER client lit paper, then damaged sprinkler head; full evacuation
13-September-14 Carlsbad 15-030-09 INCENDIARY SAN ANGELO STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER client lit paper at med room door; no evacuation
09-September-14 Austin 15-017-09 ACCIDENTAL STATE OF TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE smoke in electric room, battery pack to control panel overheated
08-September-14 Houston 15-023-09 ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON CULLEN OAKS APARTMENTS bathroom vent malfunctioned, melted plastic from fan dripped on items on floor
06-September-14 Corpus Christi 15-046-09 ACCIDENTAL TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI cooking fire in apartment, damage to kitchen only


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