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Community to hold meeting about rash of arsons

The latest fire happened yesterday near the Preakness apartment community and destroyed a family's home, while eight others have occurred around that area since early December.
At least nine intentionally set fires later, city officials, emergency responders and the Preakness Apartment community is now trying a unified front to put the arsonist or arsonists to a stop.

"I know the police department is working with us as well, and we're all going to respond out there to see if we can answer some questions and maybe calm some fears," said Brian Wainscott with the Lexington Fire Department.

The meeting will be Monday afternoon at four in the Preakness clubhouse. Residents in the area plagued by the arson will be able to talk with officials about their concerns.

"A lot of times while the investigation is going on some folks may think of some things they might have seen or heard, that maybe this might trigger that. So that's a good idea to get them together and get everybody talking," said Wainscott.

Emergency responders also hope to ease the residents fears about being able to respond during these turbulent times.

"It's not depleting our services any. That's probably first and foremost, they need to rest assured they can be safe even with this going on," he added.

With the latest fire happening just yesterday, organizers of the meeting are hoping solutions come quickly.


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