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11 brush fires in 1 southern Indiana county put residents on high alert

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LEAVENWORTH, Ind. (WDRB) -- Ronald and Judy Binkley say in the 20 years they've lived at their home in Leavenworth, Ind., they've never had a problem like this.

Since Wednesday night, someone has set 11 brush fires in southeastern Crawford County. Three of those have happened on the Binkley's property. The most recent was on Monday, and they all could have easily been much worse.

"I'd have lost all my hay," Ronald Binkley said. "All of it."

"Plus, it could've went back on into the field," Judy Binkley added. "I mean, there's no telling how far it would've went."

Several hay bales have been destroyed in the fires. But so far, firefighters have been able to keep the flames from reaching buildings. 

But, they say there's no doubt these fires are all deliberate.

"We are, at this time, still under investigation ... trying to see if they're all connected, if it's the same person," said Matt Wells, assistant chief of investigations for the Fire Marshal's office. "So we're working every lead we can."

But with the arsonist or arsonists still out there, and the incredible dry conditions, residents fear it's just a matter of time before one of these fires becomes an enormous tragedy.

"It's putting peoples' lives and properties in danger," said Morton Dale, a Leavenworth resident. "I have a home right over the hill here. If one of those fires ever got out of control, you know, there'd be no stopping it."

The Deputy State Fire Marshal says a reward of up to $5,000 is offered in cases like this.

If you have any information, call the Arson Hotline at 800-382-4628.

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