East Naples, Fla.- Its been a recurring nightmare for neighbors at Heron Park on Airport Pulling Road. They say a serial arsonist is on the loose, setting cars on fire.
"I'm afraid for my safety," said neighbor Anita Madonna. "I'm afraid for my neighbor's safety."
Madonna tells WINK News there's been at least five cars set on fire since she moved here in April. One was her roommate's, the other was hers.
"This has gotten out of hand," said Madonna. "Whoever is doing this, the fires are getting closer together."
WINK News found two hollowed out, scorched cars with police tape surrounding them from last night. The dashboards on the cars were melted, the seats were charred and we even found gas still dripping from the car doors. Neighbors say someone is lighting the fire with gas-soaked rags and putting them in the gas tanks. One of last night's victims was a disabled elderly woman.
"What's next? The cars aren't good enough and it becomes the units," said the woman's neighbor, who wouldn't give us his name because he's afraid for his safety.
Neighbors say the management company isn't doing enough to protect them. They say the gate at the entrance doesn't work, the lighting is inferior, and there aren't any security cameras near the apartments.
"Look at all these little kids," said neighbor Cameron Barnette. "What if one of them blew up with one of the kids were around?"
Now, neighbors are begging anyone to help.
"This Heron Park is a tragedy in the making and something needs to be done and done now," said the man who wished to remain anonymous.
WINK News contacted the management company, Waypoint Residential. The company manages 15 communities in five states. A staff member at the Heron Park office told us Waypoint Residential recently acquired the community. She also told us the Collier County Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal is investigating. We could not get a hold of anyone in Waypoint Residential's corporate office.