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Fire crews investigate three "suspicious" Saturday fires

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - It was busy Saturday for Louisville firefighters dealing with suspicious fires in the Portland area. Their day started before the sun even came out.

Lt. Col. Carroll Haueter says the first fire happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 800 block of South 24th Street near Maple Street. The vacant home had fire damage in two of the rooms according to Haueter.

Then an hour and a half later, around 4 a.m., another vacant home is engulfed in flames in the 300 block of North 26th Street near Alford Avenue.

At the time, firefighters were dealing with a garbage fire not too far from the building fire.

“They were taking care of that, they saw heavy smoke down at the end of the street so they went down to investigate,” Haueter said.

When they did, they found another vacant two story building up in flames.

“It was just a big ball of fire, that's all I could say. I mean it lit up the whole neighborhood and it was scary,” said a neighbor who lives next to the vacant home.

Lt. Col. Haueter says the house is a total loss. The frame collapsed and even fell onto the house next door. He calls the fires suspicious.

“Both vacant, heavy fire upon arrival, apparently no one saw anything that we know of,” Haueter said.

Hours later a fire truck raced down 26th Street to yet another vacant home, this time to South 23rd Street and West Market Street around 3:45 p.m.

Smoke was coming from the inside. Firefighters say a mattress was on fire.

“We are calling arson, we're gonna have arson come investigate. Once again its vacant, doesn't have any utilities, it is suspicious,” Haueter said.

Lt. Col. Haueter says having multiple calls to fires at vacant homes is not common and says they may be related.

“I mean it is unusual to have three basically in a 12-hour period almost,” he said.

No injuries were reported.

Officials ask anyone who saw suspicious activity around the fires  to call Louisville Fire at (502) 574-3701.

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