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Firefighters investigating ninth arson case

Investigators say an arsonist has struck again.

Someone set fire to a shed behind a duplex around 5:30 Saturday morning. The fire quickly spread to the nearby duplex.

Antonette Jones lives there, but now, she's not sure where to go.

"I came home to find my house basically ruined," Jones says. "Now I have nothing. All my stuff is gone."

There have been at least nine arsons in the neighborhood since early December. Saturday's fire is the first one to destroy a home.

Jones was not there when the fire started.

"I chose to stay at my mom's house, thank God," Jones says. "I probably would have been dead because I sleep heavy."

Jones, who has a one-year-old son and another baby on the way, says she can't understand why anyone would do this to her.

"Now I have nothing. All my stuff is gone. Why my house? Why me? Why?"

Lexington Fire Investigators say it's likely all the fires in this neighborhood were started by one serial arsonist.

"With a progression of small fires to big fires. It's a very narrow geographic area where they're being set," says Major Mark Blakenship. "That's typically the work of one person."

Major Blankenship says the motive for a serial arsonist is simply to see something burn.

"Someone who's setting fire for the thrill of setting fire and probably sitting off in the distance watching. As these escalate in severity, my concern is that someone's going to get seriously hurt or killed."

On Monday afternoon, Lexington Police and Firefighters will hold a meeting with people who live in the area to discuss the fires and try to develop some leads.

The meeting will be at 4 p.m. In the Preakness Apartments Clubhouse.

If you have any information, you can also call the state arson hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.


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