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Serial arsonist sets fire to 5 random cars in Historic District

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Five vehicles burned overnight Friday in Columbus' Historic District.

The car owners were awakened by the flames in front of their houses just after 3 a.m. Saturday. All of the victims live within a block of each other on Front Avenue and Broadway between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue.

Officials say the victims appear to be randomly targeted.

Investigators are still trying to determine what method the suspects used to set the vehicles on fire.

One victim also discovered the arsonists attempted to set a propane grill ablaze on their back porch. The flames were extinguished before the gas could explode.

As of Monday morning, investigators were in the neighborhood searching for any clues that could lead them to the arsonist.

The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined in on a task force including the Columbus Police Department, and Columbus Fire Department to investigate the senseless crime.

The investigation is being led by Columbus Fire Marshal Ricky Shores. We spoke with Chief Shores who said, cases like these are difficult to solve; however, they are working diligently to find out who lit the fuse.

Fire officials say this incident is very similar to a string of arsons that occurred in the same area in 2008 and 2006.   

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