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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A rash of suspicious fires is being investigated in Buechel. The Louisville Metro Arson Department says a total of five early morning fires are being investigated as arsons.
The fire department responded to a fire at a home on Rosemont Boulevard around 5 a.m. While they were fighting that fire, they were alerted to two other fires -- one in a front yard, and one in a trash can.
Walter Lee lives two doors down from the first and largest fire. He says he was shocked to see his neighbor's house on fire. "I saw the reflection of flames in the neighbors house. I came outside and the whole thing was just in flames," said Lee.
The charred remnants of the enclosed sun porch are all that remain in the first of five targets.
"Fortunately, somebody saw the fire early and went across the street and knocked on the door," said Fire Chief Rick Harrison. Ann O'Leary lives in the home and says she woke up to the loud banging, shortly before her smoke alarms went off.
"I was sound asleep and then I heard banging on the door," said O'Leary. She and her mother made it out of their home safely, but the experience was a jolting one. "Flames were just coming out of the carport. It was just unbelievable, I've never seen anything like it," said O'Leary, who takes care of her 70-year-old mother in their single level home.
While firefighters battled the blaze at Ann's house, officials say the arsonist was bold enough to light two more, just a few doors down. One was in a car port and involved a lawn mower and bike. The other was found in a pile of trash behind a home.
Shortly after that, they discovered an old mattress on fire further down on Rosemont Boulevard. Finally, the arsonists lit a wreath on fire at Mary Salvate's home on Glenmeade Road.
"I came out this morning to get my paper, and I couldn't open the door. I looked up and I saw burn marks and my wreath was gone," said Mary.
The case was handed over to the Louisville Metro Arson Department for investigation. Major Henry Ott with the arson division said that as of late Tuesday afternoon they had no leads, and were still searching for clues.
Officials said if you know anything about the fires, call (502) 574-LMPD.