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Man arrested after fire starts at his home

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SHERRY LONG
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FERRIS - A local man was arrested Friday after a being pulled from a fire at his residence in the 100 block of South Mabel Street.

Rudy Molina was being held at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on $50,000 bond on one felony count of arson, said Capt. Danny Williams of Ellis County Sheriff Department.

Ferris Fire Chief Eddie Duran said the fire, called in at 4:46 p.m., started in home's kitchen and back hallway, but it was unknown what started the blaze.

Neighbor Vernon Wickliffe said he saw smoke coming out of the roof and didn't realize anyone was home until another neighbor said Mo-lina was inside.

Wickliffe and the other man pulled Molina from the living room to the outside before first responders could arrive.

'As soon as they got him out he woke up,' Duran said.

The same neighbors then searched for a water hose trying to fight the fire.

'Most of the fire was put out by the neighbors with the water hose,' the fire chief said, noting with the neighbors' swift actions the house suffered only heavy smoke damage instead of major fire damage.

Duran said the members of the fire department responded within five minutes of the initial call.

Wilmer and Red Oak Fire Departments also responded to the scene to offer mutual aid.

Molina refused to go to the hospital to be monitored for treatment, Duran said.

The case was turned over to the Ellis County Fire Marshall to determine how the blaze began, however Fire Marshall Jim Pharr was unavailable for comment as of press time.

Molina was renting the home from J.D. and Marietta Allen of Ferris.

Marietta Allen said the house was insured and they would make repairs.

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