Officials believe that a Thursday morning railroad tie fire near downtown Beaumont was intentionally set.

The Beaumont fire department had to call in 18 additional firefighters to fight the fire, which was at Avenue A and Fannin Street near downtown, according to Captain Jimmy Blanchard of the Beaumont Fire Department.

Investigators have a person of interest and believe the same person is responsible for several other recent fires Blanchard said.

If you have any information about who may have started the fire, Blanchard asks that you call Beaumont Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477)

Almost 1100 Entergy customers have lost power near the fire after a power pole was burned according to Entergy.