Created: 07/10/2014 5:59 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Investigators in Roswell are trying to find a serial arsonist. They say someone is randomly torching cars in driveways. In fact, 16 cars in Roswell have been torched in just the past eight months.
As KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out, investigators need some help.
"A lot of people aren't getting any more sleep because of it," said Juan Hernandez. Hernandez says people in Roswell are terrified.
“They’re trying to protect their houses, their vehicles, their children," said Hernandez.
Kids are scared, too.
"I was really scared and I was crying, and I didn't know what to do," said Maraya Hernandez.
People don’t know if they’re going to be next.
“A lot of people are angry, it could be their house next you don't know," said Juan Hernandez. And fire investigators don’t know either.
“We don't know if it's one person, we don't know if it's a group of people, we don't know who," said Deputy Fire Marshall Matt Miller. Miller says after 16 car fires in eight months, they are no closer to finding the arsonist.
"There's so much more that we don't know than there is that we do," said Miller. Miller says all of the fires have happened in the middle of neighborhoods to cars parked in the driveway. He says the cars appear to be chosen completely at random.
Two of the car fires spread to houses. A family of four escaped from their home in November. And on Wednesday morning, seven people had to escape after another house went up in flames. Five neighbors had to flee when the fire spread to their place.
Investigators say they could use some luck and help.
“You know a lot of times in cases like this it requires a little bit of luck and unfortunately nobody has been fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time to see anything," said Miller.
While fire investigators are working, so are neighbors.
"I'm pretty sure everybody's going to start putting cameras and taking other measures to find him," said Juan Hernandez.
“He needs to be caught so this does not happen to nobody else," said Abel Hernandez.
Fire investigators say they are following a few leads. They tell us ATF might get involved, and Crime Stoppers is working to up the $1,000 reward.
If you have any information about the fires call Crime Stoppers at 888-594-8477.