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Officials declare 8 fires in ETX as arson

Eight different fires that started Wednesday in Yantis, are being investigated as arson.

Four of the fires were located on County Road 1700, three of the fires on County Road 1810, and one on County Road 1807.

Within one hour, Yantis Fire Department were fighting off eight different fires.

Randy Selman, the Wood County Fire Marshall, says "When you put all the factors together after all my experience, I'm saying they're arson fires, they're intentionally set by someone because of all the media attention on all the fires going on in East Texas, they're out to see the Fire Departments work."

After investigation each fire Selman says they were not accidental.

Becky Harris, who works near the fires says, "Find something else to occupy your time, instead of trying to kill people, cause that's what their doing."

Selman says it is very dangerous to start a fire in these drought conditions,"One of these days, they will get away from us , and we won't be able to stop it, and it will burn whichever direction the wind carries it."

The wood county fire department says the suspect may be driving a blue or navy-colored SUV. If you have any information, call authorities immediately.

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