MFD investigating 5 arsons within 3 days

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Fire Department is investigating five arsons within a three-day period.

One of them was deadly.

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A neighbor who lives in the area said his friend’s house caught on fire Monday.

“We look out for one another and I look out a lot of times for our older neighbors as well,” said neighbor Travis Hooks.

Hooks is concerned after firefighters said his neighbor’s house was intentionally set on fire in multiple areas.

It happened off Frisco Avenue on Tuesday.

Right now, Memphis Fire is trying to figure out how it started.

“There is a lot of elderly in the neighborhood and we need to get some help,” said Hooks.

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A few minutes away off Dallas Street, firefighters responded to another arson.

When crews put out the fire, they found a man dead inside the home. Memphis police are investigating this as a homicide.

That same day, an abandoned home off Douglas Avenue was also set on fire.

“There is a lot of activity, sometimes that goes over there and we have rentals and stuff like that sometimes too,” said Hooks.

Firefighters said the most recent arsons happened on Wednesday off Rockwood Avenue and South Lauderdale Street. Luckily, no one was injured.

Meanwhile, Hooks plans on meeting with his neighbors then requesting Skycop cameras from the city of Memphis, an effort to help him and his neighbors feel safer.

“Neighbors have to come together because the cops can’t see everything and all that so the neighbors have to collectively come together and of course rally together and look out for one another,” said Hooks.

FOX13 reached out to MFD. A spokesperson said the arsons don’t appear to be connected but investigators are still asking for more information from the public.

If you have any information about any of these cases call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.