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UNION, MO (KTVI) - Two brothers, a cop and a firefighter are determined to catch a serial arsonist in Union, Missouri.

They fear the suspect’s actions will only worsen. They released fire and police photos from some of the burned properties.  It all began January 17th; the two most recent fires were just over a week ago.

Assistant Fire Chief Dave Biser said, “We have some evidence an accelerant has been used we sent that off to the lab.”

The fires happened within a five mile radius of Union.  Three in the city limits, 2 were just outside in the county.  Four were homes, with nobody living inside.  The fifth arson fire damaged a barn that stored farm equipment.  Police Sgt. John Biser said, “We can use the public’s help, be vigilant, keep an eye out, obviously call anything in that’s suspicious.”

Dave and John Biser are brothers; they both want the suspect caught. One works for the fire district the other for the police department. Both worry the serial arsonists crime may become more aggressive and even more dangerous.  Assistant Fire Chief Dave Biser said, “We’re worried that if this is a serial arsonist that he possibly could escalate and start setting fires to occupied homes, businesses of that nature.”

Police Sgt. John Biser said, “One of the biggest concerns is that a fireman gets injured in these fires.”

Armin Klemme, a 90 year old retired resident added, “They could be killed of course you would be concerned about that human life is precious.”

Investigators believed an accelerant was used but they’re not sure what kind, evidence has been sent to a lab to determine what it was.  Dave Biser said, “When you have an arson related fire and accelerants are used it changes the whole dynamic of things there’s always a higher potential for guys to get hurt.”

He estimates the loss to property is about a quarter of a million dollars.