FORT HOOD, Texas — The Fort Hood Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 1 a.m. April 22 to a building on Fort Hood in response to a fire alarm.

Upon arrival, the fire department forcibly gained entrance to a laundry room. Two separate fires were identified in a washer and dryer. Fire fighters extinguished both fires with minimal structural damage.

All occupants of the barracks were safely evacuated.

Upon further investigation, it is believed the fires were started intentionally. Later on a walkthrough of the building, military police officers were informed by the staff duty officer that building walls and windows had been vandalized and the paint appeared to be fresh.

Currently, the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the incident as a suspected arson. CID Special Agents have also conducted several investigative actions including a crime scene examination, evidence collection, and conducting multiple witness interviews.

Two persons of interest, who recently arrived at Fort Hood, have been identified. There is no current threat to Soldiers in the barracks or the local community. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact the Fort Hood Military Police (254) 288-COPS or the Fort Hood CID Office at (254) 287-2722.

This is an initial report and more information will be released as it becomes available during course of the investigation.

Media should contact Jeffrey Castro, Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division Public Affairs, at [email protected], for questions related to this investigation.