Montevallo Police investigating a series of suspicious fires

Community concern is growing
Published: Jun. 7, 2022 at 4:18 PM CDT
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MONTEVALLO, Ala. (WBRC) - Montevallo Police are investigating a structure fire and other fires they said are suspicious.

Officers responded, along with the Montevallo Fire Department, to a structure fire in the 400 block of Shoshone Drive Tuesday morning, June 7, 2022.

Detectives said they are investigating Tuesday’s fire along with recent suspicious fires in the area. Montevallo Police are working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Alabaster Fire Department-Investigations Division on the investigation.

Residents say this issue has persisted for weeks. Many are glad to see more police cars in the area, but they remain on edge. With several now having difficult conversations with their kids, in case they wake up surrounded by flames.

“We’re having to have conversations with our children of, ‘if we wake you up in the middle of the night and we say go, you have to go.’ Noone should have to live in fear like that,” said Indian Highland neighborhood resident Megan Higgins.

In the last few weeks, police believe someone has been setting multiple fires around the Indian Highland neighborhood. Some have destroyed vehicles, and others started in the crawl spaces of homes.

“It is sporadic. We just kind of live day to day with what is next, who is next,” said Higgins.

No one has been injured yet, but increasingly worried neighbors are turning to social media to stay connected, and keep one another safe.

“We have a community page for Indian Highlands and we’re just kind of helping neighbors know where the fires are. That way we can remain alert as to what is going on in our neighborhood,” said Higgins.

Montevallo Police asked anyone with information on the fires or any suspicious activity to call Montevallo Police Department at 205-665-1264.


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