Arsonist Torched Homes Under Construction

Monday, May 31, 2010 - 7:18am

EL PASO -- Fire destroyed three homes that were under construction in far East El Paso over the weekend and investigators blame arson.

The three houses and two nearby trailers went up in flames in the 12000 block of Hidden Grove.

One neighbor saw the flames and quickly called 911.

Investigators say these fires are just the latest in a string of arsons.

"We do not want the public to panic but we do have a problem out here. We want the public to be vigilant," said Lt. Mario Hernandez, a spokesperson with the El Paso Fire Department.

Investigators say witnesses noticed a white car speeding away from the scene.

Damage is estimated at $600,000.

If you know anything about this fire, you're asked to call Crimestoppers of El Paso at 566-8477.

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