State Fire Marshals' have determined that the house fire on Pierce Street Thursday was a result of arson, according to Sgt. Gilbert Saenz with the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department.

Alice firefighters and Jim Wells County investigators were called to the scene of a house fire. Investigators had been at the home several times before due to the arguments between the owner and his common-law wife, officials said.

Investigators have interviewed the owner and are looking into interviewing a person of interest related to the arson, Saenz said.

Witnesses who are cooperating with investigators say they saw smoke coming from inside the residence.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.