Serial Arsonist Could Be The Cause Suspicious Fires
MANCHESTER, Tenn. - A series of house fires have police looking into a serial arsonist.
Within just a month's time there have been five suspicious fires, one including an elderly lady was trapped inside the building.
"They think it was like arson," said Lisa Jones from Manchester. "I guess people are really concerned because the lady could have gotten burned up."
Now investigators are joining together to find whoever is behind the destruction.
"One of the fires is for sure arson, I think a second fire is probably arson and there is a third fire that is suspicious," said Manchester Police Department Investigator Butch Stewart.
Stewart says this is the first time he can remember so many suspicious fires in a short amount of time.
"One of the firemen who's been (with) the department for a long time says the one out in Waterford Farms was the biggest fire he's ever seen. They couldn't even get close enough to it to try to fight it," said Stewart.
Many people wonder why someone would do this.
"Well it's kind of scary. You never know if your place might get burned. You really feel for the people whose place did get burned," said Jones.
The Tennessee Fire Marshall and Manchester investigators are still trying to find clues to what caused the latest fire on Sycamore Circle.
At least two other cases in the county have investigators on high alert.
From now on officers will look into every fire call hoping to find what could be a serial arsonist coming back to watch what they have done.
The person responsible for these fires is caught; they'll face aggravated arson charges.
Here in Tennessee, that's a Class A felony and carries a potential sentence of up to 60 years in prison and fines up to $50,000.
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