Police and Fire Officials Say They Have Arrested An Arsonist

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -- "Some of the fires we had around here, she was the one who called 9-1-1. She had us all fooled," said Ray Hogue.

Hogue is Deborah Taylor's neighbor.

Deborah Taylor, according to officials, is responsible for setting numerous fires on and around Crismon Street in Pocahontas.

"Our first documented activity occurred in April of 2007. Since then , until this last Sunday, we've had 18 different incidents," said Pocahontas Police Sergeant, Jesse Luffman.

Sgt. Luffman says most of the fires were fairly minor, but not all of them.

He says Taylor set a car at a house on fire, it quickly spread, and destroyed the home.

The 92 year old lady inside barely made it out.

"We had never had anything like this before," said Pocahontas Fire Chief Scott Baltz.

Baltz says there were tense times on the street as they searched for the culprit.

He says investigators had a feeling the person responsible lived close to where all the fires had been started.

"Proving arson is easy....catching them doing it is the hard part," said Baltz.

A lengthy investigation, including surveillance on the street, led police to Taylor.

Police say she's offered no motive for starting the fires.

"I'm glad it's over with though," said Hogue.

Neighbor Ray Hogue says he's relieved that police have a suspect in custody, and hopes that the restless nights on this usually calm street will finally come to an end.

"I'm just glad it's over before someone got killed, and like I said, a good night's sleep," said Hogue.