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Serial arsonist linked to 40 front door fires

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Since December of 2012 arson investigators have been trying to catch the person responsible for now setting a total of 40 fires on people's front porches. Since December of 2012 arson investigators have been trying to catch the person responsible for now setting a total of 40 fires on people's front porches.
Major Henry Ott Major Henry Ott
The area where items have been set on fire. The area where items have been set on fire.
Helen Klapheke Helen Klapheke

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A serial arsonist is accused of targeting dozens of doorsteps across Louisville.

The latest fires happen March 20 along Weather Way and Silver Springs Drive around 1 a.m. where investigators say the door wreaths were intentionally set on fire. 

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A charred front door is an all too familiar sight for neighbors in Hikes Point.

"Typically they are spaced anywhere from 10 to 30 days apart," said Major Henry Ott with Louisville Metro Arson.

Since December of 2012 arson investigators have been trying to catch the person responsible for now setting a total of 40 fires on people's front porches.

"We've had descriptions of females, we've had possible descriptions of males, but at this point we are not eliminating anything," said Ott.

It's happening between Six Mile Lane and Hikes Lane and Taylorsville Road and Hurtsbourne Parkway.

Helen Klapheke walked to check out the damage to her neighbor's house on Weather Way.

"It's much worse than what we had in our home," said Klapheke.

She too was a victim back in September. "They set fire about 2 in the morning to my UofL flag of all things and it dripped down onto my garden hose and set that on fire," said Klapheke.

Ott said the arsonist usually targets holiday wreaths and UofL and American flags.

"Because it is so widespread, it's almost like somebody that is against symbolism in the particular instances that we've dealt with," said Ott.

Ott said investigators have put in hundreds of hours and it's only a matter of time before somebody is caught.

"Hopefully they will find this criminal and I want to be sitting in the courtroom when they do," said Klapheke.

Fortunately no one has been hurt in any of the fires.

Major Ott does not want people to take down wreaths, but he does encourage if you have a storm door to make sure it is locked.

There is $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. If you have any information you are asked to call 1-800-26-ARSON. 

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