PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP-- Police urge residents in a local community to be on guard after a rash of car fires, that investigators say are intentionally set.
Three cars have been set on fire in Painesville Township over the past two weeks.
The first incident happened November 24 at 2:44 a.m. at an apartment complex at 8 Spring Lake. Investigators say a gold 2001 Pontiac Grand Am was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
The second incident took place two days later on November 26at 12:30 a.m. in the same complex. In that incident, a blue 1985 Cadillac was torched. Investigators say in both cases, the fire started on the inside of the vehicles.
The latest fire happened November 30 at 1:35 a.m. down the road at 2222 North Ridge Road. This time, a 2005 Ford Taurus was engulfed in flames in the parking lot. The flames jumped to the side of the apartment building, which had to be evacuated.
The owner of the Taurus who did not want to be identified says she hopes the firebug is caught before someone gets hurt.
“It was a blessing that that man saw the flames ‘cause these are wood-framed apartments and if it had caught on fire, on the inside people had pets, children. It could’ve been really bad,” she said.
Investigators say residents did not report seeing any suspicious people or activity around the time of fires. They urge residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 440-350-5521.