String of suspicious fires sparks concern in Adamston

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - A fire Monday night in the Adamston section of Clarksburg is believed to have been intentionally set, according to fire inspectors.

As neighbors watched crews put the fire out on Adams Avenue, many thought the same thing: 'this cannot be happening again.'

"Enough is enough," a frustrated Drucilla Talerico said Tuesday. "We're dealing with the drugs. Now we're dealing with fires."

Talerico has lived on Adams Avenue for 47 years, but she's never felt as nervous about her neighborhood as she has in the last several months.

"Yeah, I'm scared," she said. "I didn't sleep at all last night."

Police say the fire Monday night is just the latest in a rash of suspicious fires. According to Clarksburg Police Chief Robbie Hilliard, it's the fifth deemed suspicious since last July.

Hilliard said a common thread appeared to be that whoever is responsible is targeting vacant homes. Three of the five homes set on fire were condemned, according to an employee in the city's code enforcement office.

The house that firefighters responded to Monday night was on the city's demolition list.

Police say they are following a few leads, but stress that they still need the public's help. If you have any information regarding Monday night's incident, please call the Clarksburg Police Tip Line at (304)-624-1625.