Arsonist strikes a second time, fire marshal says
Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray is asking for the public's assistance in catching an arsonist he believes is responsible for setting two fires at a home in the 1700 block of Benton.
The first fire occurred late Thursday and resulted in minor damage to the outside of the house, a recently vacated rental property. Then, in the early morning hours of Monday, someone gained forced entry into the house and started a fire which caused moderate damage to the dwelling's interior.
Condray said there is no doubt the fires were deliberately set.
â€śSomebody is obviously targeting this house or its owner and we need to determine who it is,â€ť he said. â€śSo we're turning to citizens for their help.â€ť
Condray said there are several â€śpersons of interestâ€ť officials want to speak to about the fires, but no main suspect has been identified.
As fire marshal, Condray has always considered arson a despicable crime and these recent events only served to reinforce that belief.
â€śWe're tired of it and I'm sure the residents are sick of it as well,â€ť he said. â€śThere is a criminal element in this town which is plying its trade and residents can't tolerate it anymore.â€ť
Persons with information into the suspected arsons are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at 263-TIPS (263-8477). Their identity will remain anonymous, Condray said.