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Residents spooked after mysterious fires in New Albany

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NEW ALBANY, In (WDRB) -- Families say they're terrified after a series of mysterious fires in one New Albany neighborhood.

The latest we told you about Wednesday night at Silver and Oak streets.

Now, residents say they want answers.

"These are not just random house fires," Mary Edwards told WDRB.

Flames were seen billowing out of a vacant apartment building in the 600 block of Silver Street Wednesday night and it's a scenario residents on this block say they're used to.

"I've been evacuated four times in the last year. My kids are terrified. You don't know if it's going to be my house next. Am I not going to be able to get out next? It's just, I'm scared," Edwards said.

Investigator Joe Squier with the New Albany Fire Department confirms there have been multiple fires in that area.

"I know of at least five in the last several months, probably within a year in the same block," said Joe Squier, Battalion Chief & Investigator.

And although a few are still being investigated, they know some have been set intentionally-- but, no suspects.

"It's going to be somebody with information that's going to lead us to an arrest," he said.

The locations of the fires are within walking distance of each other.

"This house next door caught on fire twice now. That was the first fire. That was the first fire we got evacuated from. Then they caught this garage on fire. Then they caught our garage on fire. Then there was garbage can fires and then the two houses down the street," Edwards told WDRB.

Neighbors say it's time for something to be done.

"That's what we're scared of. It could be arson," said neighbor Michael Johnson.

"I'm terrified to go to sleep at night because of all the fires," added Edwards.

"I can definitely say I would love to see more officer patrol," said neighbor Christopher Haynes.

But officials don't know if the fires are connected.

They're looking for a pattern to determine that.

"With that many fires in one area, it peaks our interest," said Squier.

But residents say until they get answers, they're taking action.

"We're adding more security lights, especially in the alley. I'm actually adding two wireless cameras," said Haynes.

And that's what authorities suggest.

"Keep watch and report anything suspicious to police," said Squier.

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