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Fire investigators say arsons may be linked

Arson investigators in Lexington have been interviewing people suspected of setting fires in the Hill Rise Drive area since December. They now say they have reason to believe the same person is setting fires in Nicholasville.

The Hill Rise Drive fires have included everything from dumpster fires, car fires, and apartment fires. Nicholasville firefighters dealt with two arson cases of their own back in December.

Since the arsons, people living in the Hill Rise Drive area say the neighborhood's become a lot quieter.

"Policemen, they still ride. We have cameras now. So it makes you feel a whole lot safer," neighbor Margaret Blake described to us, "everybody came together, everybody's watching out for everything. It's just made me feel more safer."

Arson investigators in Lexington believe the cases are linked. They say new information from suspects has linked the cases. They haven't arrested anyone just yet, and there haven't been fires in the Hill Rise Drive area since January.

"We're always concerned that they're gonna start back up" says Battalion Chief Ed Davis, "there's always a chance of a copy cat or something. We initially kept this kind of quiet while we were working on it, hoping we could solve it before somebody else decided to take it up and do the same thing. Luckily, though, they did cease."

Nicholasville investigators say they have no evidence leading them to believe their arsons are connected to the ones in Lexington.

Fire investigators will meet later this week to discuss the possible link in the Lexington and Nicholasville cases, as well as cases in Lincoln County.


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