Boards now cover the windows of a St. Albans mobile home after suspicious flames shattered the glass Tuesday night. Luckily, the place was vacant. But for firefighters it's déjà vu.
"Same place we were the other night for the barn fire," St. Albans Town Assistant Fire Chief Randall Swan said. "We've got some leads this time. State police fire investigators are here on scene now along with St. Albans City Police investigators."
Maquam Shore Road has become a hot spot for firefighters. Tuesday's blaze marked the third fire in the area in just over a month. The mobile home is the latest target, but back in May fire erupted at a vacant house two doors down. Then Sunday a barn in between the two charred properties also went up in flames.
"The investigators will be here first thing in the morning and hopefully they can determine what's going on here. They definitely have a problem," St. Albans Town Fire Chief Harold Cross said.
Neighbors say all the unanswered questions are fueling fears.
"That somebody around here is possibly making random fires," said Bob Corey of St. Albans Town. "Our family's driven by and seen fire trucks here and police cars."
Vermont state police arson investigators say all three of these fires were intentionally set and appear to be related, but investigators would not say if this is the work of a serial arsonist. But one family seems to be the target. Lorin and Robin Ladd own all three properties. They did not want to speak to us on camera, but said they're discouraged by the situation. The family's farmhouse is the only structure on this stretch spared from the flames.
Neighbors are worried what will come next.
"That it won't be contained here. That it might spread. It seems no rhyme nor reason," Corey said.
If you have information about any of these fires, you're asked to call police or the arson tip line. That number is 1-800-32-ARSON.
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