Multiple Fires in Sweetwater Raise Suspicions

Published 04/24 2014 05:28PM

Updated 04/24 2014 06:16PM

"We got the first call of a fire in an alley," said Sweetwater's Fire Chief, Grant Madden.

"Went about our way, and over the following weeks we've had a number of calls of very suspicious fires started in yards, next to houses." 

What was initially believed to be a small trash can fire, has turned into more than six fires in several neighborhoods over a two week time period. 

"They do all seem very suspicious," he said.

We spoke to one of the residents whose lawn caught fire twice.

She told us that the night of the fire at her house, neighbors came to alert them that their front lawn was burning

She said, they went to bed after the fire had been put out, only to wake up and realize it had mysteriously re-ignited.

Chief Madden said they are investigating and have several leads.

"We've worked very well with the neighborhood around there if they see anything, call us, call the police department, they've been very good about doing that."

Although, Chief Madden cannot confirm whether the fires are connected, he did say if someone is intentionally starting them, they will find them and that person or persons, will face arson charges.

"Very serious charges that could be faced, absolutely serious charges," he said.

If you have any information you are urged to call the Sweetwater Police Dept. at (325) 236-6686

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