In just one week, two homes across the street from each other went up in flames. Monroe fire investigators say both fires were intentionally set.
Monroe fire officials are urging folks to report suspicious activities, especially when it occurs overnight.
Around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, Monroe fire officials say firefighters responded to a fire that broke out at a trailer home on the corner of South 22nd and Wood Street.
Officials say the trailer was being renovated by the family who owned it.
Last Sunday morning, firefighters rushed to a house fire that partly burned a home to the ground. That fire is located right across the street from Wednesday morning’s house fire.
The smell of burned wood lingers from several blocks away in Monroe’s south side.
“Go up to the corner here and make a left. You’ll see a home destroyed by fire,” said Bobby Wallace, a neighbor who’s troubled by the fires.
A blackened swing set, a scorched kitchen—are the only signs a family once lived here years ago.
“Well, we been noticing that homes have been burned down. Kinda wondering what caused the problem in the area,” said Wallace. “It could be my house. I don’t want it to happen to my neighbors.”
Not one, but two house fires could be the mark of destruction left behind by arsonists.
Now neighbors promise to be more vigilant, before another fire hits too close to home.
“Of course! Not for my own home, but my neighbors also, for anything strange going on, I’d report it and tell where I’ve seen it,” said Wallace.