UPDATE: Fingerprints taken from 1 of 7 cars lit on fire

By Philippe Djegal - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - There they sat, almost burned to a crisp. Seven cars, seven fires that were spread out over five different locations in Tyler.

"Our investigators are still working on it in conjunction with the Tyler Police Department," said Jeff Akin, a spokesman for Tyler's fire departments. "We're looking into fingerprints on the vehicles to see if we can determine some leads on some suspects."

Right now, investigators do not know whether the prints belong to an arsonist or the owner of the car, but Akin says all seven fires are connected.

"[For] most of them, the doors were left open on the vehicles, and, they used combustible items, such as newspapers and things to get the fire started in the vehicle," said Akin.

The fact that all of the damaged cars were unlocked investigators say is so far the only link between all seven fires.

"That may deter any type of criminal activity if they are having difficulty entering the car," explained Akin. "That would just maybe deter them from doing anything."

Investigators are saying there is no motive or idea as to how many people committed the crime.

"It's not out of the ordinary for us to have automobile fire," said Paul Finley, a fire investigator for the Tyler fire department. "We have those on a regular basis, but this particular string of incidents is real unusual."

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