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Douglas Arson investigation expands


Investigators officially rule four suspicious fires in Douglas early Tuesday as arsons. Now they're trying to find whoever set the fires.  

Those fires have a lot of people in Douglas concerned. They're not the only fires recently in the city.  A fire at a vacant home on West Franklin shortly after midnight caught the attention of neighbors.    

"My dog woke me up. I looked out my window and saw flames," said Robert Walsh.   This was one of four fires worked by the The Douglas Fire Department Tuesday morning. The fires happened  between 12:30 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Eagle Mark properties on Madison Street was also damaged.  Robert Walsh said he called 911 as soon as he saw the fire.  "It scared the tar out of me. We have a lot of children in this neighborhood and we really don't need this," said Walsh.  

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says all four fires were intentionally set. Walsh says fires are becoming too frequent in his neighborhood.  

"We had just had a fire here on July 3 and this one was in flames," said Walsh.  Now, Investigators are working to catch whoever is responsible and they want the public's help.  

"I just hope we can catch them. I hope the police catch them. It's frightening," said Walsh.   State fire investigators believe all four fires are connected. Investigators are working leads but there are no suspects at this time.  

There is a reward up to $10,000 for any information leading to an arrest.   

The Douglas Fire Department says they've put out two other fires in the last week. They're not sure yet if those were arsons.



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