EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSRASH OF ARSONS
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Investigators Searching For Arsonist; Latest Fire At Animal Hospital
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Feb. 6, 2012 6:35 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 6:41 PM EST
Logan , Logan County , West Virginia
Investigators were out in force in Logan on Monday after a rash of arsons. Four arson fires have been reported in the past month, two of those fires are believed to be connected.
The latest fire was at Knowles Animal Hospital on Stratton Street. A total of eight dogs and cats were inside when the building was set on fire late Saturday night, but luckily the Logan Fire Department was able to rescue all of the animals and contain the fire to the upper floor, which is used for storage.
"I was prepared for thieves, but not for arson," Dr. Charles Knowles says who runs the animal hospital. "To set a place on fire where there knowingly are animals, it takes a special type person to do that."
But investigators believe that person has struck before, just down Stratton Street, at a vacant building that went up in flames on Wednesday.
"Two commercial structures within 7 days, that just doesn't happen, there's more than a coincidence," Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett says.
Both calls came in as explosions which is also odd, according to Chief Beckett. He says they appeared to be explosions because so much accelerant was used to spread the fire.
WV State Police, Logan city police and the fire marshal are all working together to track down the arsonist. They were in meetings on Monday and also searched the area with a K-9 dog. They say they want to put a stop to the fires before lives are lost.
"It just poses a huge risk to the public, our men and the adjacent buildings. They just don't realize what they're doing, or they don't care," Chief Beckett says.
Dr. Knowles hopes to re-open the animal hospital, in the basement of his building, in about a week. In the meantime, the animals have been taken to another hospital in Williamson, owned by Dr. Knowles' wife.
Anyone with any information on the fires should call the arson hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE.
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