7 fires in 2 hours leave investigators searching for answers

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Investigators are trying to figure out who started a series of fires in Southwest Amarillo. Seven fires were set between 10pm and midnight Monday.

If you drive in the Sleepy Hollow or Puckett areas, though, you won't see any charred grass or buildings, that's because the flames were small and put out quickly.

It's not the size, though, but rather the fact that so many of them happened in such a short amount of time that has fire crews concerned. They do not know right now if the fires are connected, but authorities say it's a distinct possibility. Whoever is behind the blazes could face serious consequences.

Cpl. Jerry Neufeld with the Amarillo Police Department says, "Depending on what kind of damage is done or any injuries, you could be looking at anything from a state jail felony to a second degree felony if anyone was injured or hurt. State jail felony usually goes six months to years somewhere in that time frame. A second degree felony could go up to 20 years. Of course, both of them could carry a fine of up to $10,000 also."

There are also concerns if these people strike again, and it's windy enough, it could get very ugly very quickly, especially since these houses are so close together, If one yard catches fire, another is likely to follow.