|Published:||Aug 25, 2010 11:52 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 25, 2010 8:52 PM EDT|
EAST NAPLES, Fla. - An apparent serial arsonist may have struck again in East Naples.
The state fire marshal's office said a home on Painted Leaf Lane was set on fire Tuesday night. It was the fourth house destroyed by a fire in the past few weeks. The homes were less than a mile apart.
"I am extremely upset," said neighbor Margie Hamilton.
Hamilton is so worried about the arsonist, she now patrols the street daily looking for anything or anyone suspicious.
"Who's to say the next step isn't to burn down a house with children and dogs and a family," said Hamilton.
On Wednesday, deputies went door to door asking all residents to watch out.
"Neighbors should be concerned," said East Naples Fire District Spokesman, Greg Speers. "Keep eyes and ears open." "I've been with this department 22 years and I can't remember anytime we've had circumstances similar to this one."
Fire investigators say they found an accelerant at some of the fires. They're not commenting on any leads in the case. They say the arsons are costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. "You tie up countless man hours and equipment," said Speers.
That's making many here understandably upset, including homeowner Al Perkins. He has a warning for the arsonist.
"You wanna come trespassing on my property after midnight or 11 o'clock, bring your own body bag," said Perkins.
Arson is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Anyone with information is asked to call the arson tip hotline at 1-877-NO-ARSON.
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