MOORESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Investigators hope homeowners can help them track down who’s behind a rash of fires in Mooresville.
Four fires have happened in three nights, all of them along Indianapolis Road, according to police.
Two sheds caught fire early Friday morning, the first in the 1200 block of Indianapolis Road. The other caught fire minutes later in the 700 block just a few feet from a church.
A third shed caught fire in the 500 block Saturday morning. On Sunday morning, a fire destroyed a small barn in the 600 block.
The location isn’t the only similarity between these cases. Investigators said all of them happened between midnight and 1 a.m.
Charred but still standing just a few feet from Mooresville Church of Christ, the burned shed had preacher Larry Ping worried the outcome could have been worse.
“It’s close to our neighbors’ houses back there, close to a wooden fence,” he said. “We’re thankful that it didn’t spread to neighbors and especially to the building (church).”
Across the street, scorched steel and ash piles are all that’s left of a barn that caught fire two days later. Both fires are two of four that ignited in a 72 hour period.
“It is frustrating,” said fire fighter Chris Kane.
Kane said the fires aren’t considered accidents or electrical, but rather arson. Since they keep happening between midnight and 1 a.m., police are increasing patrols during that hour along Indianapolis Road.
“At that time of night we’re probably going to be listening to the radio a little bit closer, listening to the police department to see if they’re maybe talking about something so we can kind of get a head start on it,” Kane said.
There isn’t too much inside Larry Rhodes shed, but the structure itself holds plenty of value.
“Cost me a couple thousand to build it,” Rhodes said.
Money he doesn’t want to spend again, especially after learning his neighbor’s shed was one of the four targeted this weekend.
Rhodes’ shed, just like the others, backs up to a wooded area. Investigators feel whoever is behind the fires is using the trees to escape and hide.
“I’m certainly going to keep a better eye on it than I did before until they catch the person that did it or find out what’s going on,” Rhodes said.
If he can’t spot him, he’s sure his dog Smokey will.
“He doesn’t bite anybody but he certainly likes to bark,” Rhodes said.
Investigators don’t have any suspect descriptions to go off of right now. The Mooresville Fire Department is urging people to report anything suspicious they see to police.