Hundreds turn out for neighborhood meeting on suspicious fires in Frisco

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM

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FRISCO -- Hundreds packed into a Boals Elementary School auditorium Thursday night for a neighborhood meeting.

Residents came armed with questions for Frisco’s police and fire departments about the string of fires haunting their Grayhawk neighborhood.

“I think it’s important for us to know what’s going on, and find out what they’re doing to investigate and hopefully find the person doing this,” said resident Stacey Miller.

Community Services Division Officer Jon Skertich said no arrests have been made, and the department is following all leads.

“These several hundred people were our eyes and ears tonight, and we need their help,” said Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland.

Since April, there have been six fires in the neighborhood, five of those since May 20. Piland said three were intentionally set, and the remaining three have been labeled “suspicious.”

The last fire happened on July 25 in the 700 Block of Burr Oak Dr. The fire department is getting help from the State Fire Marshall’s Office, along with Denton County, in investigating the fires.

There is already increased patrols in the area, but residents present at the meeting wanted to know what more can be done. Police recommended better lighting around the homes, checking smoke alarms, and most importantly, staying vigilant.

“They need to look around, they need to be on the watch, and they need to be nosy,” said President of the Greyhawk HOA Board of Directors Don Amick.

No injuries have been reported from any of these fires.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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