VIDEO: The Abilene Fire Department said an early morning fire at an apartment complex was intentionally set.
Kevin Earl Spurlock, 31, is charged with arson and terror threat of family or household.
His bond has not yet been set.
The fire at the Briarwood Apartments started around 6:15 a.m. Sunday.
The complex is located in the 3200 block of N. 3rd Street, between Willis and Mockingbird. Tim Porter said he heard a loud bang and walked out to see massive flames.
The fire department said it was upgraded to a 3rd alarm around 6:30 a.m. Crews worked until 4 p.m. to extinguish it.
They will remain on scene for the remainder of the day.
The smoke could be seen from blocks away.
The video below was shot by a KTXS viewer at Willis and N. 10th. The fire department said "crews were forced to make a defensive, exterior attack."
At least 60 residents and 21 apartment units were affected by the fire.
The American Red Cross is assisting.