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INVESTIGATORS WORK TO SOLVE SERIES OF NEIGHBORHOOD FIRES; RESIDENTS REMINDED TO REPORT ALL SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY 

(July 23, 2013)  Investigators are working to find the person or people responsible for a series of intentionally set fires in a neighborhood in west Frisco.  Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland has enlisted help from the Frisco Police Department, the City of Denton and the State Fire Marshal’s office to assist in the investigation. 

“We want to assure residents we’re working diligently to solve these cases,” said Chief Mark Piland, Frisco Fire Department.  “We want to remind residents, if they see anything or anyone suspicious, don’t hesitate to contact the Frisco Police Department by dialing 9-1-1.”

The cause of a house fire that happened July 21 in the 700 block of Burr Oak remains under investigation.  In that case, the home was posted ‘for sale’, furnished but unoccupied. However, investigators say at least three previous fires in the same neighborhood were intentionally set. 

Two of the three previous fires involved homes under construction in the 12000 block of Viola.  The first house fire happened May 20; the second on June 8.  The third neighborhood fire involved a vehicle in the 700 block of Talon on May 23.  

Investigators are also reexamining an April 29 trash can fire in the context of other fires in the neighborhood. 

“We’re very grateful no one has been hurt.  Our residents’ safety is a top priority,” said Mayor Maher Maso.  “We’re confident in our fire and police departments’ ability to find the person, or persons, responsible.  We want to thank the City of Denton and the State Fire Marshal’s Office for their help. But we do want to reiterate Chief Piland’s comments, reminding residents to be our extra eyes and ears in the neighborhood by calling if they see someone or something that’s unusual or doesn’t ‘look right’.”    

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