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Arsonist sets fire to more than a dozen holiday wreaths on front doors

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Louisville Metro arson investigators say someone is lighting holiday wreaths on fire that are hanging on people's doors. Louisville Metro arson investigators say someone is lighting holiday wreaths on fire that are hanging on people's doors.
Investigators say all of these fires happened overnight between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Investigators say all of these fires happened overnight between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
Henry Ott Henry Ott
Chris Lewis Chris Lewis

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro arson investigators say someone is lighting holiday wreaths on fire that are hanging on people's doors.

It's happened more than a dozen times in local neighborhoods and investigators believe the same person is to blame. 

Thursday a homeowner and recent victim, who asked not to be identified, was still shaken after investigators believe someone walked up to his front door in the Regency Woods subdivision early Thursday morning and intentionally set his Christmas wreath on fire, "Today it hit me that we could have died, so it was only by the grace of God that we're here."

He said his wife woke up just before 2 a.m. to the smell of smoke. 

"I ran and got water and put it out," the victim said. 

In a matter of minutes fire and police officers were combing the neighborhood searching for clues.

"He assured me that I wasn't or this house wasn't targeted," the victim explained. "It was just a random situation."

A random situation that has been going on for far too long according to Metro Arson Major Henry Ott.
 
Chris Lewis' fall wreath was torched last month at his Jeffersontown home on Kings Lynn Lane. Luckily, the family dog alerted them just in time. 

"I knew something was wrong just based on how he barks," said Lewis. 

Ott's department has been investigating similar cases since last December.

"We are studying about 35 fires," said Ott. 

Each fire happened 10 to 20 days apart in an area west of Hurstbourne Parkway, in Hikes Point, Jeffersontown and Buechel. In about half of the cases, the arsonist targeted door wreaths. Ott believes the same person responsible for the wreaths also may be linked to six arsons last April in Buechel.
 
While the fires prompted some neighbors to take down their holiday decor, both victims we talked to say no way. 

"At first we weren't going to put anything up, but I refuse to let people like that change how we live," said Lewis. 

"I'm not going to let anybody steal our joy, said another victim. "I'm going to go on as we planned and leave everything up and if they come back, I hope I'm up."

Investigators say all of these fires happened overnight between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Fortunately, the majority of the fires led to minimal damage.
 
If you have any information that could help you are asked to call 1-800-27-ARSON. 

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