String of Fires
By: Wes Wallace
Cairo, IL -- A string of fires in Cairo kept crews from six departments extremely busy on Wednesday afternoon, but not quite as busy as the person who investigators say started all the blazes.
Cairo Police tell Heartland News they arrested 19-year old Pristine Henderson while she was starting her fifth housefire of the afternoon.
It all started around 3 p.m. on 22nd Street. Firefighters responded to the scene, only to notice another house and a car were on fire, just around the corner on Martin Luther King Drive. Two blocks over, on 24th Street, arson investigators take a look at one home in the 700 block, as fire crews keep a close eye on a house still smoldering in the 800 block.
“She lost everything, everything, there’s nothing left, it’s just a shell,” says Reari Fitzgerald, “I came down the street to see what the fuss was all about, and then I noticed there was another house on fire, and then I said wait a minute, that’s my momma’s house!”
Fitzgerald’s mother wasn’t at home at the time the fire started. For now there aren’t any reports of injuries from any of the fires on Wednesday.
Later that evening, police charged Pristine Henderson with charges of attempted arson and criminal trespass. Fire investigators also point out two other homes burned on Saturday on 22nd Street, and explain more charges could be filed as the investigation continues.