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Arson Against One Home Burns Previous Victim Again

MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT) - Karen Hendrix, "I'm scared. I ain't gonna lie."

Karen Hendrix lives in between two houses that have burned over the past year.  Both determined by authorities as cases of arson.  Last Saturday night her house almost caught fire when the remains of the other home burned to the ground.

Tammy Robinson, arson victim, commented, "They burned me not once, but twice."

Tammy Robinson had hoped to salvage enough copper wire and recyclable items out of the remaining half of her home that was left standing a fire last fall.  But, that all changed when she learned it was on fire again.  This time, it burned to the ground.

Now, Tammy says, "I'm not going to rest until something is done here."

Detective Jeremy Bond said, "There's definitely a problem. I know we've had...three different structures and the hardest part is trying to figure out why and then you try to figure out who."

Back when we first reported on the string of arsons in Marked Tree, Detective Bond said there was a suspect in the case.  However, there's been no arrest made.  And Bond doesn't believe Saturday night's fire was the work of the same person.

Bond, "The shoe impression that I found and its different in that its an already burnt structure that appeals to more to somebody who's playing."

Bond says previous arsons have all involved vacant structures.  The only suspect in those cases, he says, was arrested by police on another charge; but arson couldn't be proven at that time.

"That suspect is still a suspect on the previous fire, but he's not going to be the suspect in Saturday's fire.  I think we're dealing with a different set of people or a different person than the previous fires.  But, he's still a suspect on the previous fires."

And that has neighbors worried.

Tammy Robinson, "Until we've got something hardcore evidence, this person can go on burning and going as he wishes."

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