By Wyatt Goolsby
BIG SPRING - Big Spring authrorities have nabbed two teens connected to a string of suspected arsons around town. It comes as part of a joint effort between Police and Fire investigators. They told NewsWest 9 the damage left after the numerous fires is pretty extensive. Now, residents are hoping the arrests are the start of something good.
"I feel relieved," Big Spring Resident Jose Ortega, said. "I'm glad they finally were able to apprehend these people, and hopefully, this will be the end of what's going on around here in this neighborhood."
Jose Ortega and his wife, Irma, now have at least a little bit of hope as they sort through the charred remains of their storage shed. NewsWest 9 first told you about Ortega in July, when his thousands of dollars worth of sports memorabilia went up in flames. He said hearing two teens have been arrested for a string of fires gives him reason to be positive. However, after finding his car window shattered Friday, and a nearby suspicious house fire in his neighborhood Sunday, he still worries.
"Actually, my wife and I, we don't sleep much at night," Ortega explained. "We still get up and we look around, any noise that we heard, we're up and looking around."
Fire investigators said even with extensive damage to some homes in the central part of the city, no one has been hurt in the numerous fires started in the last few months.
"Most of the properties have been vacant, which has been a little bit of a relief," Fire Marshal Carl Condray, said. "However, some have not been, and that causes a little bit more concern. But everything has been working together well. We think we've cleared up probably about half a dozen arsons thus far and if I'm not mistaken the Police Department has cleared up a couple burglary cases."
Condray said so far input from Big Spring residents has been a big help. With two arrested so far, he said they're still on the lookout for more suspects. For Jose Ortega, he hopes it's the start to making his neighborhood safer.
Police and Fire officals say the investigation is still ongoing, and is still asking anyone who has information about the suspicious fires to contact the Police or Fire Department.