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Residents on Warren’s southeast side are concerned about a possible arsonist setting several vehicle fires during the past month.
Between May 10 and this past Monday, several vehicles have been set on fire in the area of Kenmore Avenue S.E. The most recent fire happened on Monday when an SUV was set ablaze in front of a home in the 1000 block of Kenmore Avenue.
One concerned resident installed security cameras at her home and believes a person caught on camera on her back porch playing with her flowerpots and a propane tank may be responsible.
Members of the Kenmore Neighborhood Association reported the incidents to Warren City Council on Wednesday and asked for more police presence.
“Hopefully the character is brought to justice. He is putting people’s lives in danger and we have three children we reside here with and it was a very scary moment to think your family’s life is in jeopardy due to someone’s ill intent,” said Jason Wilson, who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting.
His son’s SUV was the one set on fire Monday morning.
“We were awakened at 3:30 a.m. to a car fire. This white GMC Jimmy exploding in the driveway in a large wall of flames,” Wilson said.
Three other cars in Wilson’s driveway were damaged as well. A month ago, his neighbor had her Cobalt torched and another car went up in flames on neighboring Rogers Avenue S.E.
“We want to know what you can do for us,” one resident who had their car set ablaze told council. “None of us feel safe. None of us are sleeping.”
Reports said there were four burglaries reported at the same time and the same area as the arsons. Fire Chief Ken Nussle said they are investigating the fires and believe one person may be responsible.
“Our investigators have been piecing this together in conjunction with the Warren police detectives and we are hopeful we will put an end to this,” Nussle said.
Anyone with information on the arsons is asked to call the Warren Fire Department at 330-841-2542.