Cameron duplex fire believed to be arson

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CAMERON, Texas (KWTX) A Monday morning fire in Cameron resulted in heavy damage to a duplex and ended with an arrest for arson.

Cameron police were sent at about 2:05 a.m. to a report of a fire at a duplex in the 600 block of East 6th Street and once there found smoke and flames coming from the structure.

The man who lived in one side of the duplex told police his neighbor had knocked on his door a bit earlier and said her side of the building was on fire.

The man gathered his family and got out of the building as he was calling 911, an affidavit said.

The man told police his neighbor, Shimeshaka Shavon Anderson, reported the fire and then left the house, carrying her belongings.

As Cameron firefighters battled the blaze, officers began looking for Anderson and in a short time spotted her walking away from the scene.

As police tried to detain her to talk with her, she resisted arrest and would not comply with officers’ orders.

A second officer arrived and assisted the first in detaining Anderson, the affidavit said.

Police reported they tried to talk with Anderson about the fire but she was so intoxicated she could not communicate with them.

Police took Anderson, 33, to the Milam County Jail where she faced charges of resisting arrest and arson.

Online jail records indicated Anderson had not yet been arraigned and her bond had not yet been set.

The duplex was destroyed by the blaze, which was determined to be arson, and the other family was displaced by the fire.