A Central Lubbock neighborhood is once again the target of arson.
NewsChannel 11 first broke this story Wednesday night on NewsChannel 11 at 10 showing you a fire that started in a shed and quickly spread to two other homes.
Thursday morning investigators confirm their suspicions, arson is to blame. Including last night's fire, there have now been five arson fires in the area since the first of the year.
"We had an arson fire involving two vacant residential structures and a garage structure with a car inside of it," says Captain Marlin Hamilton with the Lubbock Fire Department.
Thursday, Hamilton was in search of evidence that might lead investigators to the source of Wednesday night's fire.
"There was no means for a fire to start this. It was pretty obvious it was deliberately set," says Hamilton.
Eyewitnesses NewsChannel 11 spoke with on the scene seemed to share the same opinion.
"I guess somebody must have been in the shed and started the fire from there because it came from center of shed and started coming out and then we heard popping sounds," says Jesse Louis, an eyewitness.
Lubbock Firefighters fought the blaze that began in an abandoned shed, but quickly fanned to two surrounding homes. No one was injured in the fire and Captain Hamilton says the structures are vacant.
Hamilton is now trying to determine if this blaze could be related to four other arson fires that occurred in the same neighborhood last month.
"It could be something similarly related, remotely related or directly related. We just don't know that yet," says Hamilton.
People who work and live in the area know one thing. They are scared.
"I am scared because you never know I could be next," says a business owner who did not want to go on camera for fear of being the next target. But just in case he's already taking precautions.
"I got people watching the place, law enforcement things like that," says the business owner.
Captain Hamilton's warning to those involved: You can only play with fire for so long before you get burned.
There are no suspects at this time. If you do have any information about any of the recent fires, you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.
The Heart of Lubbock Neighborhood Association is still offering a reward for an arrest and conviction in those cases.
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