There may be a serial arsonist on the loose in southwest Houston. Officials say they are trying to determine if the same person is responsible for nearly 30 fires over the past 17 months, including a fire at an apartment complex on Gessner early Monday morning.
Arson investigators aren’t saying much, if anything, publicly about what may be another fire bug at work in the city. Instead, they’re putting the pieces together of a series of fires that started more than a year ago to see if there’s a connection.
No doubt they’ve fired up the supercomputers in HPD’s Real Time Crime Center to help them figure it out. (Before Jay Wall emails — we kid! It’s apparently not well designed for proactive policing).
According to the Houston Fire Department, the serial arsonist is suspected of starting at least 30 fires since January 2010. Neighbors near Ripple Creek Townhomes are now fearful about the arsonist loose in their neighborhood.
We’ve been tracking these fires with some interest, because several of them have taken place very close to our neighborhood. You’d think after a few dozen that
HPD appropriate authorities might have more of a handle on what’s going on.
UPDATE: Graf above edited for clarity (also see the comments).