HPD: Woman arrested after house with 5 kids inside catches fire in Gulfgate area

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HOUSTON — A house fire that threatened the lives of several children New Year’s morning may have been intentional, the Houston Fire Department said.

Houston police arrested Jennifer Viscarra after firefighters responded around 5 a.m. to a home on Cumberland Street at Carrolton Street in the Gulfgate area. Investigators said the people living inside the home, including five children, were safely outside when crews arrived.

The fire and damage were contained to one room of the house.

The Houston Police Department said no charges have been filed as of yet, but investigators suspect Viscarra could be charged with arson.

No injuries have been reported, and the fire is being investigated.