Crockett residents frightened after multiple structure fires occur in same neighborhood

Crockett residents frightened after multiple structure fires occur in same neighborhood
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - The Crockett Fire Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the person or people who are responsible for starting numerous structure fires.

Officials said the random fires are happening on Cottonwood Street.

On Tuesday night, the seventh abandoned building was set on fire.

Crockett community members were seen joined hand in hand Wednesday morning.

Ponsetta Robbins has grown up in the neighborhood off of Cottonwood Street and said she never imagined a crime like this happening.

"The first couple of times, we thought maybe accidental, but now, it's not a coincidence; this is deliberate arson," Robbins said.

The Crockett Fire Department believe the first structure fire began in March, and every fire that followed had the same evidence

"There's usually no utilities in the structures," Fire Marshal Chris Jimenez said. "That means there's no gas and no power. So either somebody is falling asleep with a candle burning, smoking, or, of course, it's intentional."

Jimenez said right now he's ruling the fires as undetermined until further information comes forth.

For many residents, the burned-out buildings are also becoming an eyesore.

"I have to look at this every day and that's not good," resident Gary Griffin said.

Until the crime is solved, Robbins said the community will continue uniting as one.

"We definitely want to make sure that people know that we all care about our neighborhood," Robbins said.

The community plans to meet later Wednesday night and discuss the possibility of forming a neighborhood watch group.

Jimenez says they have no leads at this time, but they are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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