Police investigate suspicious fires in Monroe County

- Michigan State Police in Monroe County are investigating a string of suspicious fires in a quiet neighborhood.

A Raisinville Township homeowner does not want to be identified, but she says looking at fire damage to her property is frightening

"It's shocking," she said. "It puts you on edge."

Her property damage is one of three cases being investigated by Michigan State Police after the properties were damaged by fire early Sunday morning. Two properties were located in a mobile home community and the third, in a nearby subdivision.

"We're not sure who the suspects are, but they are setting items on fire that are readily available to them in the backyard, lawn furniture, piles of wood, carpet on back of vehicle," said Lt. Tony Cuevas, Michigan State Police, Monroe post.

Michigan State Police say their goal is to find the person or people responsible for setting fires like this, so it doesn't spread to someone's house.

"We're not sure if this is a group of juveniles doing pranks," Cuevas said. "But it is going to spread into something more serious and we want to make sure we're stopping it before it gets to that point."

Cuevas says as MSP started investigating their cases they soon learned that the Monroe County Sheriff's Department is also looking into several property fires.

"(It is the) same MO of the suspects setting items on fire," he said. "In one of their incidents, their residence was damaged by fire."

State police would like anyone who knows anything about the cases to contact investigators.
 

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