Today, in a joint investigation, the state fire marshal’s office and the Monroe Fire Department were back on the scene of three suspicious house fires, one house fire on Calypso and two on South 22nd, with an arson canine.
Officials say the dog confirmed that accelerators, such as gasoline, were used to set two of the fires on South 22nd Street.
Fire officials are going door to door in the neighborhood, to spread the word about reporting suspicious activity in case another fire claims a home.
A canine trained to sniff out the signs of arson is on the scene of a string of suspicious fires, that have sparked fear in the Booker T. neighborhood, that runs along Renwick.
These are not abandoned homes that were set ablaze, either.
“There were four houses damaged. One was occupied at the time of the fire,” said Monroe fire investigator Tommy James.
Monroe firefighters are urging neighbors to be more alert of activity that’s out of the ordinary in the area, and to report anything suspicious to police.