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KFD investigators identify persons of interest for setting vacant house fires

By George Myers
KOKOMO The Kokomo Fire Department is investigating what it believes to be arson at four vacant houses in the city, two of which investigators believe could be connected.

The four fires, all of which took place last week, happened at 727 E. Walnut St., 935 E. Walnut St., 1300 S. Locke St. and 1819 S. Lafountain St. Each home was vacant. Their conditions varied between poor and still inhabitable.

Weve got a couple persons of interests, and believe it or not, I dont think theyre all related, said Fire Chief Nick Glover. I think one of them is an isolated incident, and I think a couple of the others, especially the ones on Walnut Street, are probably started by the same people.

Glover said investigators have not yet determined motives behind the fires, but that investigators were led to the persons of interest through witness statements.

Currently, the investigation is ongoing and will likely evolve in coming days, he noted.

Weve got some people that were going to be talking to and take it from there, said Glover.

The main reason that Im connecting the two on Walnut is geographically-based. We do have a person that some of the witnesses have kind of keyed us onto in that general area, he added later.

Glover declined to specify which vacant house fire has led investigators to a second person of interest, but said it's doubtful the other homes are related to the fires on Walnut Street.

I guess its not out of the realm of possibility that this person could be traveling from one end of town to the other, but its just not typical, he said.

George Myers can be reached at 765-454-8585, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gpmyerskt.

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