Just after 3 p.m. last Thursday, Porter Fire Department was dispatched to Clayton Homes, a mobile home dealer on US 59 just north of FM 1314. They arrived to find fire in of one of the homes in the front of the show lot. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. As they finished disconnecting the hoses from the hydrant and packing hose back on the truck. Porter Fire Chief Carter Johnson was talking with the owner of the sales lot when he spotted some smoke in the rear of the lot. After asking whether the owner was burning anything in the back, he walked around the sale office. He then spotted another mobile home with fire blazing through the roof. Next to it, a metal building was igniting. Firefighters quickly pulled a hose to the rear and started attempting to extinguish the fire.
With other homes in close proximity, firefighters aggressively attacked the fire in an attempt to keep them from spreading. Montgomery County
Precinct 4 Constables Office were alerted to an arsonist on the property who was attempting to leave. responded when they were alerted to an arsonist on the property and attempting to leave. They were able to locate and hold Michelle Archer, 38, who claimed to be homeless and living in the Porter area. A second suspect was said to have fled into a pasture behind the scene. Precinct 4 deputies deployed “Oliver,” their tracking Bloodhound. Oliver was able to track the suspect through the field and through the service entrance of the Wal-Mart Store then inside the store. The suspect was not found.
Investigators from the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and after interviewing Archer, took her into custody, charging her with arson. They also were able to locate other areas on the property where fires had been set but did no damage.
Porter was assisted by New Caney and Caney Creek Fire Departments.
Both homes were destroyed.
Anyone with information on the second suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers or the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office.