Investigators Working To Track Down Mansfield Arsonist


UPDATED: Sunday June 24, 2012 7:57 PM

Investigators said Sunday that they believed an arsonist was to blame for at least a dozen fires.

Many residents were on edge after four fires were set in the past 24 hours, 10TV’s Ashleigh Barry reported.

Christopher Preston stood in the shadow of a burned down vacant home along Bently Street, a quiet pocket of the city investigators said was targeted by fire starters.

The home caught fire at about 8 p.m. Saturday, Barry reported. Within hours, three other buildings were smoldering nearby.

Investigators said that the fires are causing a major concern in the face of recent city budget cuts.

“You get a good fire like this, you tie up a lot of manpower and equipment,” Mansfield Fire Department Cpt. Dan Feldman said. “Then you get another fire going and it’s very difficult.”

No residents or firefighters were injured during the recent blazes. However, investigators said that they fear it is just a matter of time.

“It’s destroying the neighborhood, all these abandoned houses coming down, it’s ridiculous,” Preston said.

One person of interest was questioned in the fires, though no arrests were made, Barry reported. The Mansfield Fire Department will hold an emergency strategy meeting on Monday to discuss ways to attack the rash of arsons.

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