Grand Prairie Fire Department Searches for Arsonist

Fire department now says 7 or 8 fires were set early Wednesday morning

By Jeff Smith
|  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014  |  Updated 10:20 AM CDT
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Grand Prairie police are looking for an arsonist responsible for four dumpster fires early Wednesday morning.

Jeff Smith, NBC 5

Grand Prairie police are looking for an arsonist responsible for four dumpster fires early Wednesday morning.

Grand Prairie arson investigators are looking for whoever is responsible for several fires set early Wednesday morning.

The Grand Prairie Fire Department says seven or eight fires were set between 1:57 a.m. and 3:12 a.m. In one of the arson sprees, several dumpsters and a fence were set on fire within blocks of each other.

Fires were set in a dumpster outside Travis Elementary School in the 500 block of Northeast 15th Street, a recycling dumpster behind Fairview Baptist Church in the 300 block of Northeast 13th Street and two dumpsters at a Family Dollar in the 900 block of East Main Street. A trash can and a fence near those locations were also burned.

While there wasn't much damage, Grand Prairie police stepped up patrols in the area.

Wednesday morning the Grand Prairie Fire Department announced one person had been detained on an unrelated charge and was being questioned about his involvement the arsons.

Detectives believe another person or persons may be involved because three or four other fires took place while the person was being questioned.

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