St. Paul police investigating vehicle fires as possible arson |

St. Paul police investigating vehicle fires as possible arson

St. Paul police investigating vehicle fires as possible arson

Updated: August 07, 2019 08:49 PM

St. Paul police are investigating recent vehicle fires as possible arson.

Police confirmed they're investigating incidents near Cook Avenue W. and Sylvan Street.

One car was reported to have been on fire on Cook Avenue at about 3 a.m. Wednesday with another car reported on fire around the corner on Sylvan Street.

St. Paul Fire Department Deputy Chief Roy Mokosso noted there were ignitable liquids found as evidence. 

"There was indication of ignitable liquids found. So chemical testing will be done on the evidence and also some of the evidence will be run and processed for latent prints," Mokosso said.

He added there is potential that these fires were set intentionally. Both cars were on separate parts of the street and were owned by the same woman. Mokosso also said at least one witness saw an individual starting one of the fires. 

"We do have witness statements, multiple statements that tell us that there was one individual that is not yet to be identified, but an individual was seen starting one of the fires," Mokosso said. 

The woman who owned both vehicles told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she's lived on the block for more than 15 years and hasn't ever seen anything like this happen, adding that she feels targeted.

"I don't feel safe here. I don't want to be here. I don't want my kids here. I just want to leave," the mother of four said. 

The woman noted it could be retaliation from reporting crimes happening in the neighborhood. 

"It's not fair, we are all just working hard to support our families and these other people are just destroying us," she said. "Everyone has to stand up. If everybody keeps backing down [criminals] are going to keep taking our neighborhoods and we're all going to be trapped. We're like prisoners in our own homes."

She said somebody has to have information on what happened, and hopes someone will help police find the person or persons responsible.

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