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Man accused of setting fire to woman's house

Authorities are on the lookout for a man believed to have set fire to his estranged wife's home Friday.

Police and firefighters were dispatched around 10:15 a.m. to a house in the 2300 block of Northwest Denver Avenue after someone called to report the exterior of the house was on fire. The flames were put out within minutes, causing mild damage to the structure, but the Lawton Fire Marshal's Office is continuing its investigation. 

Initial investigations and analysis of the scene indicates the fire was not set in the heat of the moment. The woman inside the house said she and another person inside heard commotion outdoors and looked outside just in time to see a man leaving the house ablaze.

Lawton Assistant Fire Marshal Ray Brown said that although the initial report from dispatch indicated just the front door frame was burning, the man appeared to have poured gasoline at both the front and back doors, as well as two bedroom windows.

"If this had happened at night, and nobody heard the commotion outside, the victim could have woke up when all the exits were already on fire," Brown said. 

No witnesses reported hearing any arguments or words exchanged prior to the fire; authorities said preliminary evidence indicates the man simply walked up to his estranged wife's house, poured the gas at the exit points, lit the gasoline and walked away.

Those inside were able to escape with no injuries.

The Lawton Constitution

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