McLennan County Sheriff’s Office authorities are investigating three fires that damaged homes in Moody on Saturday, Axtell on Sunday and Riesel on Monday.

It is unusual to have three fires in the county in such a short period of time, but none of the fires appeared to be connected, Sheriff’s Office Detective Brad Bond said.

Moody fire crews were called to 2032 Theresa Lane at about 2 a.m. Saturday for a house fire that killed two dogs, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said later Saturday. Authorities said a malfunctioning heater may have caused the fire, but the residents of the home were able to escape without injury.

On Sunday, members of the Leroy Volunteer Fire Department were called to the 200 block of Cavin Lane near Axtell after a fire caused significant damage to a mobile home, Bond said. Crews returned Monday to extinguish hotspots that reignited. The house was determined to be a total loss, Bond said.

Area firefighters were also called to a house fire Monday in the 400 block of Meier Settlement Road outside Riesel. Based on the initial investigation, it appears the fire started outside the house and damaged three vehicles parked in the garage before spreading to the attic, Bond said.

The fire caused minor damage to the structure of the home.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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