LPD and LFR investigating string of arsons

Posted By: Kelsey Murphy


A Lincoln neighborhood has been a target for intentional fires in the last few months.

Five confirmed arsons sparking in the Belmont area.

It’s something fire investigators don’t typically see.

"It’s an anomaly. We are seeing this cluster of arsons in the same part of town in the North West Belmont area in proximity to each other with similar characteristics of each other, it concerning to us at this point," Bill Moody, Chief Fire Investigator, said.

The string of arsons started in early October with Belmont Baptist church; it was hit twice in 24 hours.

In late November an abandoned home near Portia and Hartley was also hit twice.

Now, a senior living home, near Portia and Knox, caught fire and displaced around 30 residents.

Fire investigators are studying the patterns and burn marks to see if they could be related.

"I think that you have to consider that they could be related because of the way they were started and similarities between the structures,” Moody, said.

LFR is working with Lincoln police to investigate.

They’re not releasing any specific information about the related patterns or similarities at this time.

During the investigation, officials want you to pay close attention in your neighborhoods.

"If you see something, say something. If you see people in your neighborhood or walking around late at night call us and we will come out and investigate," Moody, said.

A spokesperson for the senior living house says they are working to start moving some residents back in as early as Friday. Residents on more damaged floors may take a little longer.