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Neighbors relieved; investigators questioned arson suspect

Just one night after investigators released a description of the man they think is responsible for all the fires on Hill Rise Drive in Lexington, they've found someone they believe has set at least one fire - one in his own apartment.

"That fire was never reported in to us, we didn't get a 911 call on it, " says Lexington Fire Major Mark Blankenship. An apartment fire inside a man's home at the Preakness was a red flag for investigators. Major Blankenship says the man admitted to a fire at his place after he showed up at Good Samaritan Hospital with suspicious burns on his body. Staff at the hospital called in the tip.

"We're definitely making some progress over in that area and I think it speaks volumes for the cooperation from the community and from our fire personnel and everybody else that's being real diligent as to what's going on and paying attention."

People living along Hill Rise Drive have been speaking out since the first fire, calling in tips, begging others to do the same.

"It has to be somebody that lives here. It had to be because all the fires was too close," says tenant Angela Strode, "thank God they caught him because now I know they got him, I can't go up in flames."

Fire investigators are taking the arson cases to a grand jury. They have not yet charged anyone with the crimes.


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