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Fire officials investigating Middle TN car arsons

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Firefighters in two Middle Tennessee communities are investigating several suspicious car fires, as the latest arson happened Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro.

This week, cars were found on fire in two different areas of Murfreesboro.

"The fire marshal's office did conduct an investigation and both of them, they determined, happened to be intentionally set," said Ashley McDonald, with Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue.

The fire marshal said a 1974 Impala was set on fire outside a home on Eagle Street about 2 a.m. Wednesday while the owner was inside fast asleep.

"She went over to the house over there and knocked on the door, and the girl was just in shock because she said, 'Your car is on fire,'" said neighbor Jack Brunson.

Monday morning, someone set another car on fire in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Empress Drive on the other side of town.

These are the latest in a string of car arsons in Middle Tennessee communities. Clarksville police are investigating three car fires in the same neighborhood within moments of each other earlier this week.

"Our investigator did speak to their investigators, and we have determined that there weren't any similarities. We can't relate them to the Clarksville fires, so I guess that's a good thing," McDonald said.

Officials said the Murfreesboro fires began on the outside of the cars and were aided by an accelerant of some type, while the Clarksville fires began when someone threw a flammable substance inside the cars through unlocked doors.

Firefighters say, thankfully, no one was hurt in any of these fires.

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