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Abandoned Homes Catch Fire In Huntington
Reported by: Atish Baidya
Web Producer: Michelle Carroll
Also Contributing: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Apr. 3, 2012 6:15 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 3, 2012 6:49 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Firefighters had their hands full with two more fires in abandon houses in Huntington this morning.
The first broke out in a house on the 2100 block of 10th Avenue.
While they were battling that one, another call came for another abandoned house fire on Hillside Drive in Guyandotte.
Neighbors we talked to say the gas main from the house had been stolen months ago.
They believe some ignited the gas and it caught the house on fire.
A state fire marshal was on scene earlier Tuesday to investigate.
Near 10th Avenue, several houses have been targeted lately. Neighbor Gary Pettyjohn says, "You just wonder which one's going to be next. Not if it is. Just when it is, and which one."
We talked to Cabell County prosecutor Chris Chiles who says, "You know mostly it's been abandoned vacant building, but oftentimes they're right next door to occupied buildings and the unintentional consequences there can be tragic also."
He says they are working diligently with fire and police agencies to catch whoever is setting the fires, and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.
If you have information that leads to an arrest and conviction in any of the arson cases, you could cash in on a reward of up to $2,500. You can call 1-800-233-FIRE with any information.
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