A vehicle fire that broke out early this morning near the Arden Arms apartment complex in the 3700 block of Arden Road is being investigated as an arson, San Angelo Fire Marshal Ross Coleman said.
The fire, which was reported at approximately 3:06 a.m., involved a silver Mistibushi Eclipse and was initially called in as a structure fire, Coleman said.
Coleman indicated that the vehicle was engulfed in flames close to one of the apartment dwellings, resulting in a brief evacuation of residents until the fire was extinguished. The fire department is now attempting to determine whether or not the fire was intentionally set with an accelerant.
"Samples were gathered at the scene and are being sent to the state fire marshal's office for analysis, pending a report four to seven weeks from now," he said.
Coleman could not confirm whether or not the arson was related to a string of auto burglaries and thefts reported in the same area over the weekend.