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Suspicious Fires In Burlington

Updated: Dec 3, 2012 06:16 PM CST

There's been an up-tick in fires recently and area fire departments are calling it unusual. But in Burlington, fire crews are calling it suspicious.

"Our fire department has had three fires that were suspicious just within the last 30 days." Burlington Fire Battalion Chief, Kenneth Morris, said two suspicious fires broke out in two unoccupied homes. Those have been ruled arson.

"Both houses had no power to them, we had no storms going through at the time," said Morris. "The only way you're going to have a fire start is if someone sets it intentionally."

Now, another fire is being investigated for arson. The blaze that broke out at 1 a.m. on Saturday caused severe damage to an eight complex apartment building at 1107 Vine St.

"The fire started on the second floor and at this point it is still under investigation and considered suspicious," said Morris. It's unclear if all three fires are related but the department isn't ruling it out.

"There's absolutely nothing we can do to ensure it doesn't happen," said Morris. "The best thing we can do is make the public aware of what's going on and get their input if they see something happening. Contact us right away."