MOUNTAIN HOME - A house fire in which Mountain Home police rescued a sleeping woman from a bedroom this week was intentionally set, officials said Thursday.
Police said officers were investigating a report of a family fight at 1010 E. Jackson Street on Monday night, were talking to the people involved and then were informed that there was smoke coming from the home.
Officers learned that a woman who wasn't able to walk was asleep in one of the bedrooms.
Police said Officer Brian Thomas - despite not being able to see through the smoke that filled the home - crawled on his hands and knees and searched the home from room to room until he found the woman asleep in the back bedroom.
Sgt. Russell Griggs brought a fire extinguisher into the home and helped Officer Thomas bring the woman out to safety in her wheelchair.
The next day, officials called the fire "suspicious."
Police and fire investigators returned to the home Wednesday.
Police said Assistant Fire Chief Bud Corbus determined that the fire was set intentionally in the basement area.
The investigation continues, police said, and they don't believe that the public is at risk or should be concerned about their safety.
"It sickens me to think of what could have happened to our officers or the victim sleeping in the back room as a result of someone setting it purposely," Mountain Home Police Chief Nick Schilz said. "I am grateful that no one was seriously hurt or even killed for that matter."
Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Ron Harmon at 208-587-2101.
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