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Rash of arsons keep Memphis firefighters busy

Firefighters were kept busy Wednesday morning by a rash of arsons set in vacant buildings in north Memphis. Firefighters were kept busy Wednesday morning by a rash of arsons set in vacant buildings in north Memphis.

(WMC-TV) –  Firefighters were kept busy Wednesday morning by a series of arsons set in vacant buildings in north Memphis.

The first call went out around 1:00 a.m. in the 1300 block of Brown. Then, over the next two hours, crews were called to four more fires at vacant homes in the 700 block of Alaska, the 800 bock of Montgomery, the 700 block of Olympic and the 900 block of Alaska.

Just before 10:00 a.m., a sixth fire was set, this time at a home in the 900 block of Olympic.

At the scene on Montgomery, a fire investigator said each building set ablaze appeared to be abandoned, and without power.

Investigators are not revealing what type of accelerant was used to start the fires, but have to reason to believe the same person or persons set them.

They called a news conference Wednesday afternoon in order to plead for help from the public.

"What we're hoping is that somebody saw something in the area who will be able to give up something," said Buddy Chapman, director of Memphis Crime Stoppers.

While the search the neighborhood where the fires occurred for a possible suspect, officials are urging people living in occupied dwellings to remain vigilant, but not overly concerned.

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