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String of suspicious fires at apartment complex

Today, Lexington firefighters say they need your help. A fire in a vacant apartment on New Year's Eve was just the latest in a string of suspicious fires dating back several weeks. No one's been injured, but officials say they're worried that could change if these fires continue.

"There were residents in the building so it is troubling. anytime someone is willing to set fire to a building people are in, they've got no regard for human life," says Major Ed Davis of the Lexington Fire Department.

Over the past few months, fire officials say they've worked lots of suspicious fires in this part of town.

"We don't even know if they're related. We just know there's too many in that area," says Major Davis.

Eight of those have been at the Preakness Apartments. In early December, cars in the parking lot started burning. Then there were dumpster fires. Finally on New Years Eve, someone started a fire in an empty apartment here in this building. Mike Sharpton lives in the building and he says he's afraid to stay here.

"The only thing you can think of is, 'How long will it be before someone tries to do it to my house?' 'Will we have to move?' 'What's a safe place to move to?' When we moved here, I thought nothing bad happens here. This is a great place to be, but now hearing about these fires, I think it's time for us to get ready to move," he says.

Fire officials hope the public can help them find a lead.

"We have a two-pronged effort. We have our fire investigation and the second is going around and doing what we call 'knock and talks'. Our investigators are going around door to door and asking if people have seen anything, do they know anything," says Major Davis.

Mike says he'll be on alert.

"I'm going to keep an eye out for people who don't come around here a lot, wondering what's going on," he says.

Officials tell me that's exactly what you should look for. They also want you to look out for anyone carrying suspicious looking gas containers. They're asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers. You can leave a tip without leaving your name. You can contact Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020 or 1-877-970-2020. You can also submit a tip on the website, http://bluegrasscrimestoppers.com/


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