Residents of a Fort Worth neighborhood are searching for answer after a series of fires in the Harvest Ridge community. Residents say the fires are getting more serious.
Roxana Reyes doesn't know who set her trash can on fire or the fence surrounding the community pool.
“The flames were so high up,” Reyes said as she recalled the fire. Reyes said she also remembered hearing a car drive by before seeing the flames.
Neighbor Tamara Maya lives around the corner from the park nestled in the heart of the Harvest Ridge neighborhood in Fort Worth. Late Sunday night, she was awoken to the smell of smoke.
“It was just enormous,” said Maya. “I was freaking out.”
While Maya called 911, surveillance cameras from a nearby home captured the park fence being set on fire.
“It's not the first time they were here last week,” said Maya. “They started setting fires at the park on the other side in the trash can.”
Amber Dixis sits on the board of the homeowner's association. She says the troubling trend started on Good Friday when someone set a trash can on fire.
“This is our home, our neighborhood that they're messing with,” said Dixis. “And we take that very personally.”
The women are sharing the videos and information on the neighborhood Facebook page, so that all 700 households are aware of the unsolved string of fires. What they're trying to figure out is if this is all the work of one arsonist or more, and if they've been caught on video.
“It's a very dangerous situation,” said Maya. “We all have our hoses ready to jump on it if we need to.”
The HOA is asking homeowners to leave their front lights on as an extra layer of security.
Anyone with information on the fires is asked to contact Fort Worth Fire at 817-392-6850.