COLCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH)-- Police are calling on Colchester residents to help them get to the bottom of a string of fires around town.
Police say they've been set in trash cans at a local library and even a church.
The string of these small fires happened over the past several months and they've started there long before that and have caused some significant damage.
The fires are small but suspicious, often times started in trash cans. But firefighters fear they could spread and that's why they're spreading the word to residents.
"Keep an extra eye out if they see anything suspicious because small fires turn into big fires and if there's an exposure problem, we don't want anybody to get hurt," said Chief Walter Cox, Colchester Hayward Fire.
Or any bigger building catching on fire like the Cragin Memorial Library did a couple of years ago. A trash can was set on fire and then moved next to the building.
"Right in front of these doors here. Sent smoke that set off the fire alarm which we are very fortunate it did. It melted the trash can. Caused a lot of soot and smoke damage to the building," said Kate Byroade, Cragin Memorial Library.
They were also fortunate that painting contractors were already doing work on the building so it was able to be fixed quickly.
"It came to two or three thousand dollars worth of damage to the building. So just even a minor fire can be extremely damaging and costly to the community," said Byroade.
Because the decorative trash cans are pretty expensive, they were never able to replace the burnt one. They brought one from the other side of the building.
The fire chief says kids could be the culprits.
"Sometimes teenagers get involved in this stuff and it escalates and that's something we don't want to see so we want to get ahead of the curve," said Cox.
The town certainly doesn't want to alarm anyone but it does want folks to keep an eye out because that is the way these fire starters will be put out.
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