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March 26, 2010

Three suspected arsons destroy property in Centerville Wednesday evening

Within the space of a few minutes three separate fires were reported at various properties in town

CENTERVILLE — Several properties suffered fire damage as a result of apparent arson Wednesday night, according to Centerville Fire Captain Vern Milburn.

The Centerville Fire Department was called to a garage fire at 615 W. Van Buren St., owned by Russell Printy, at approximately 11:45 p.m.

Milburn stated that once on scene a shed at 613 W. Van Buren St., owned by Sandra Lilley, was observed to be on fire as well. Milburn also stated that within about 10 minutes another garage fire had been reported by a sheriff’s deputy at 516 N. Sixth St., owned by Dennis Gardner.

All three structures were destroyed and two vehicles, a 2005 Chrysler van and a 1996 Chrysler van were also damaged at the Printy property.

A separate property located across the alley from the Printy property, whose owner has yet to be identified, sustained significant damage when the fire caused siding on the building to melt.

According to Milburn, the fires took approximately two hours to get under control and extinguish.

Police Chief Tom Demry said the Centerville Police Department is currently conducting an investigation, but at this point don’t have anyone in custody and can’t say how many suspects might be involved.

“All indications are at this time that they [the fires] were intentionally set,” said Demry.

Demry asked that if anyone saw suspicious vehicles or people around any of the properties involved to contact police or call Crime Stoppers at (641) 856-3134. He also asked residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on their properties in case those responsible try to set more fires.

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