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Residents in area hit by 'suspicious fires' terrified of possible arsons
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Residents living in the general Ridgmoor Neighborhood area are living in fear.

Investigators are calling the fires "suspicious," residents are calling the fires arson.

"It just doesn't seem like a coincidence," said neighbor Edlonda Ulsh who lives next door to the most recent fire.  "This is my home, everything that I've put my heart and soul into.  In an instant, it could have been gone."

For about a month, there have been six fires started in the garages of homes on the line between Grand Rapids and Kentwood.

"You're not really safe in your own neighborhood," said neighbor Rodell Beasley.  "People are losing their property, people are getting fed up over it."

The fires are concentrated in neighborhoods generally north of 28th Street, in an area between East Paris and Breton Ave. Firefighters are called to the scene at times between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The latest fire was at about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, inside a garage on Mulford Drive SE.

Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments along with Kentwood Fire and Police are involved in an investigation into the possibility of arson, along with the ATF.

"We have a few leads, but we aren't ready to discuss them yet," said Special Agent Donald Dawkins with the ATF.  "We're just trying to be as careful as we can. Obviously we want to be correct in what we do."

Neighbors are saying that they haven't seen enough from the agencies involved, and that they feel left in the dark on both what's going on and what to do about it.

"Just let us know just something," said Ulsh. "Something to ease our minds."

Fire investigators are asking the public to remain vigilant.

Keep lights on in and around the house, talk to neighbors and report any suspicious activity in your area.

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