Arson investigators believe condo fire connected to wreath fires

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 7:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)- Arson investigators believe two fires set in a Jeffersontown condominium complex could be linked to a string of arsons from last year.

McMahon firefighters say someone intentionally set two fires in the Atrium at Stonybrook Condominiums around 2 a.m. Friday.
 
Smoke and fire alarms filled the lobby of the building at 8509 .
 
"It turned out that in our lobby, someone had intentionally set the bulletin board on fire," Judy Guittar, president of the Atrium at Stonybrook IB Association said.
 
Guittar was the first to call 911, only to learn the McMahon Fire Department was already on scene, containing a separate fire a few doors down, this one set inside a complex dumpster. Firefighters quickly put out the second fire before it could do any real damage.
 
"Our sprinkler systems were out due to the recent freeze. So, it could have really caused a big problem, although it was rapidly contained because the fire department was already here," Guittar said.
 
This subdivision is close to the Hikes Point area where a string of Christmas wreath fires occurred during December. Arson investigators say the time of day and location of the condo fires led them to suspect a connection. An hour long search for a culprit came up empty.
 
"I just hope they find this person, because it goes from minor vandalism to something that could have really injured people. And it was a brazen thing to go into an interior lobby that was lighted in the middle of the night and set something on fire," Guittar said.
 
Louisville arson investigators are handling the case. If you have any information on these fires, you’re asked to call 1-800-24-ARSON.

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