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Third fire in Akron neighborhood in five days

Posted at 11:02 PM, Oct 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-07 23:15:00-04

Three fires in one Akron neighborhood in just five days have residents concerned that they may have been set on purpose.

Firefighters responded to the 800 block of Raymond St. Sunday afternoon after a vacant home caught fire.

Directly behind it, a home on Haynes St. caught on fire twice last week — Wednesday and Thursday. Both of the fires were reported at nearly the exact same time — just after 11 p.m.

Keree Holland lives next door to the home that burned on Raymond St. and said she was alerted by a neighbor banging on her door. She along with her two young daughters and her nephew were able to get out just in time.

“It was nothing but orange flames everywhere, everything burning,” Holland said. “They need to stop because we got kids in this house. What if we didn’t make it out?”

Devin Tatul lives on the other side, saw the flames and made it out of his home, too.

“I’m gonna keep my eyes open more because whoever did that, they are messed up. Kids in this house, kids in that house, ain’t no telling those trees could’ve caught fire and then it would’ve been really over,” Tatul said.

Luckily, no one has been injured but neighbors said it won’t be long before someone is.

Akron Fire investigators collected evidence and hope to know more Monday morning. At this point, they cannot say if the Raymond St. fire is connected to the fire at the home on Haynes St.