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Arsonist strikes a second time, fire marshal says

September 4, 2013

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.

“Somebody is obviously targeting this house or its owner and we need to determine who it is,” he said. “So we're turning to citizens for their help.”

Condray said there are several “persons of interest” 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.

“We're tired of it and I'm sure the residents are sick of it as well,” he said. “There is a criminal element in this town which is plying its trade and residents can't tolerate it anymore.”

Persons with information into the suspected arsons are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at 263-TIPS (263-8477). Their identity will remain anonymous, Condray said.

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