Warren fire investigators busy with several arsons along Hamilton Street

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It’s been a busy few weeks for firefighters on the southwest side of Warren. Investigators said several of those fires were no accident.

In the last month, Warren firefighters responded to five house fires in the area of Hamilton Street. They said three of them were set on purpose — two of them at the same house.

On Tuesday morning, less than a quarter-mile away, there was another arson at a vacant home on Hamilton Street. A school bus driver spotted the fire.

“It was intentionally set. The firefighters smelled gasoline, so it had been doused with gasoline but they extinguished it pretty quickly,” said Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle.

Fire investigators said it appears the front door was forced open and gasoline was poured just inside of the doorway.

“It was set in a very similar fashion to the one down the street that was set twice. Gasoline was used both times on that fire or in that house as well,” Nussle said.

Arlene Williams lives in the neighborhood. She’s afraid someone may get hurt.

“If the house catches on fire and it gets out of control, it could catch another neighbor’s house on fire who may have people living there and they could die,” she said.

Nussle said more than likely, the same person or people are setting the fires. He’s not sure why.

“I don’t see any gain in this. There’s no insurance so I don’t know what the gain is,” he said.

Fire investigators ask anyone who saw anything suspicious or has information to call the department at 330-841-2542.

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