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Neighborhood meeting planned over arson concerns

"This is my greatest fear - that it would move to the building," says 11th District Councilwoman Peggy Henson. She says as soon as she heard about dumpster fires in the Hill Rise Drive area last month, she became concerned.

"At that point, I sent an email to the police department and fire department and expressed a real concern and my biggest concern was that it would move to a building. When you have multi people living in one building, it could become significant," she says.

Yesterday, the Lexington Fire Department announced they'd be going door-to-door in the area looking for leads. They say right now they don't know if the fires are all connected. There have been several along Versailles Road, Alexandria Drive, and in the Preakness Apartments alone, there have been 8 since early December. In the wake of the most recent fire at Preakness Apartments, Councilwoman Henson is calling for a public meeting.

"I'm going to have a meeting with police and fire administration. I think the chief of police is going to come. and we're just going to talk to the residents. Try to help put their mind at ease, let them know how they can help, let them know what's been done, what they're doing, and what they will continue to do," she says.

Ultimately, she hopes the meeting will lead to more information-sharing.

"Any police officer or firefighter that's investigating an arson will tell you that the best information they get comes from people," says Henson.

The meeting will be Monday at 4PM in the Preakness Apartments clubhouse.

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