LONGTOWN, OKLA-- Firefighters put out more suspicious fires in Pittsburg County. investigators believe Monday’s wildfire near Llongtown was intentionally set. Now investigators are searching for suspects they believe set four fires near highway 9a Wednesday morning.
"Pyro maniacs are everywhere,” said Longtown Resident John East.
Longtown resident John East said he became suspicious on Monday, after seeing smoke coming from a mobile home down his street.
“That old trailer house, there was nothing around it on fire, so it had to of been started within 15 minutes before I arrived on scene,” said East.
Firefighters said the fire spread, damaging 6,000 acres and nine homes in Pittsburg County. Officials believe someone walked down to the mobile home and set it on fire.
“The house that was there it was an abandonded house out in the woods and it’s been abandoned for many years no electricity, no gas, nobody there,” said Longtown Fire Chief Danny Choat.
“There wasn’t a cloud in the sky so lightning didn’t strike it,” said East.
With more suspicious fires happening recently, officials said firefighters are on edge.
“It’s stretching the resources to a point to where it’s gonna get to a point where if we have another big fire, somebody could lose their life,” said Chief Choat.
East said it doesn’t surprise him someone would do such a senseless act, but he hopes they pay the consequences.
“They don’t care, people that do that don’t care. I hope they catch the people who do it,” said East.
Firefighters are asking citizens to keep an extra eye out and if they see anything suspicious call 911.
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