Update: Several cars in Tyler set on fire

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler fire investigators have towed seven cars that they say were intentionally set on fire early Sunday morning.

The first call came in around 4:30 a.m. from the 6100 Block of Plantation Drive.  Investigators say someone set a Chevy Cobalt on fire there.  The car siting next to it was also badly damaged.  The cars were parked in the driveway of a home.  The house's garage also suffered fire damage from the burning car.

"I'm not so much worried about the cars," said the car's owner John.  "We had just moved in a few weeks ago and except for the bulky items, most of our stuff was in boxes in the garage, so my main concern was whether, or not we are going to lose everything now."

From Plantation Dr., fire investigators say they were called out to four other scenes.  Firefighters say one car was set on fire at the Autumn Glenn Apartments on Hollytree Dr.  Firefighters found another car in flames in the 6000 Block of Brynmar Ct.  A car sitting next to it was also badly burned.  Three cars suffered fire damage at the Salado Apartments on Old Bullard.  Investigators say they also found a car at the corner of Plantation and Warwick that someone tried to set on fire.

Investigators say at this time they're not sure how many people were involved in the arsons.

"We do believe on most of them, they (suspect, or suspects) were able to gain access to the interior of the vehicle, and so we do know at this point on some of them, they (cars) were unlocked," said Tyler Fire Investigator Paul Findley.  "As far as the property owners, we have not been able to determine any type of link, whether that be relation, or they work together, or anything like that, so at this point it looks random, and the motive, we just don't have that yet."

The cars have been taken to a police impound lot where investigators say they will search them for more clues.

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