Three fires, ten days, one neighborhood

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A neighborhood in Cape Girardeau has seen three fires in ten days, but authorities say they're not related.

"It's weird, it's weird," said Patty Brown.

Her son lives in the neighborhood, and she isn't the only one questioning the fires.

"It just doesn't make any sense, I mean why would three houses burn all within a couple of weeks, it's weird," said Brown.

"I don't know there's too many of them," said Joe Thompson.

Thompson lives in the neighborhood, and has seen each fire pop up.

"Across the street, across the woods and this one here," said Thompson as he points out each fire in relation to his house.

The first fire was a home at 139 East Cape Rock Drive. It caught fire March 17, 2012 just before 10 PM. No one was home at the time of the fire. Fire reports say fire and smoke were coming from the back of the home.Fire Marshall Brian Shasfer says the cause of the fire was electric.

Five days later, March 22, 2012, a fire broke out at the apartment building on 10 Rivercrest Drive just after 1 am. No one was hurt, and fire crews say there was only light smoke damage inside. Fire Marshall Shasfer says they don't suspect the fire to be arson, but can't figure out what caused the fire.

And the most recent fire, 225 O'Connell started Monday night close to midnight. The homeowner says the fire started near the front door. Police say he was taking a shower, heard the smoke alarm, and jumped out the bedroom window.

Cape Girardeau Police Officer Darin Hickey says they're investigating that fire as arson.

Neighbor Ben Ressell says even with the multiple fires, he's not concerned.

"I'm not really worried about it, I think it's a coincidence," said Ressell.

Brown doesn't feel the same way.

"I don't know, it makes you stop and think as to whether they are accidental or we have somebody roaming around setting fires," said Brown.

"It is strange, but I just don't think it is anything, I mean I don't see how there's a relation," said Ressell.

Again, the Fire Marshall says they do not believe the fires are related.

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