EAST NAPLES, Fla.- WINK News has confirmed even more cases of cars being intentionally set on fire in the Heron Park community off of Airport-Pulling Road. Lynn Arbeiter watched in shock early Thursday morning as her car became a ball of fire in just seconds.
"I was standing at the window crying and it could have blown that and me too," said Arbeiter.
Arbeiter's car is now a charred mess. The seats are gone, the dashboard is melted, and the electrical wiring is all that's left. Neighbors say its the work of a serial arsonist. WINK News found out, there are more cases of cars being intentionally set on firethan we first thought.
"It happens all the time," said one neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. "Its messed up."
The Collier County Sheriff's Office confirmsthere's been eight car fires at Heron Park in the past two years. Seven of them are confirmed arsons. The other is a suspected arson. Neighbors say they're now in debt tens of thousands of dollars. WINK News was with Arbeiter when she found out her insurance won't cover the damage.
"I'm just beside myself," said Arbeiter. "I'm very poor. I'm disabled."
Neighbors tell us the management company, Waypoint Residental isn't doing enough to protect them. They say the front gate is broken, there aren't any security cameras and there's not enough light. WINK News contacted executives with the company today. They told us they wouldn't comment on the situation. Arbeiter says the company raised her rent $70 dollars a month.
"Its disheartening," said Arbeiter. "Its one more blow. I'm a young Christian woman but I don't know how much more I can take."
WINK News asked officials with the Collier County Sheriff's Office what they're doing to keep the neighborhood safe. A spokeswoman told us she cannot share that information because its an ongoing investigation.