Concerns after six house fires in north St. Louis County

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FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A cluster of house fires in a neighborhood near Florissant has some neighbors wondering if there might be an arsonist.

On Tuesday morning, a home on Shadowcreek Drive was engulfed with flames.

According to a Florissant Fire Department spokesperson, there have been six house fires in this neighborhood over the past two years. Neighbors said all of the fires started around 3 a.m. in homes that are vacant.

Tuesday marked the second time that particular house on Shadowcreek had caught fire.

Cusandra Wright, who lives next door, was awakened by the smell of smoke, her daughter’s bedroom just feet away from the side of the burning home.

"It's very scary, especially when you have children," she said.

Wright and other neighbors are frustrated feeling like authorities need to find out if someone is behind the fires.

“It keeps happening and they are not trying to find out who did it. They are not looking for a suspect or anything, they just come ask you questions like, ‘Did you see anybody?’ and we are, like, ‘No,’" said Wright.

The Florissant Fire Department spokesperson said they are monitoring the area. The St. Louis County Police Department said its Bomb & Arson unit was also investigating the fire.

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