Wright said an officer would remain on the scene of the fire until the investigation was complete. He also said the department likely would issue a statement on the fire.

Firefighters used a single hose to extinguish the fire. Firefighters pulled off lower portions of the vinyl siding and areas around the front door to make sure the fire hadnít spread.

Hays Fire Chief Gary Brown initially said the fire caused minor damage, but upgraded that to moderate damage because the homeís owner will have to replace the siding, the door and its frame.

Although Wright said he hadnít been inside the home, he had been told there likely would be smoke damage.

Four fire trucks and 15 firefighters responded, Brown said in a statement. The last firefighters left the scene at 12:32 p.m.