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Possible arsonist destroying homes on Detroit's east side

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DETROIT – Detroit Firefighters are tracking a possible "fire bug" on Detroit's east side.

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A vacant house at the corner of Glenfield and Leroy avenues erupted into flames early Saturday morning.

The Detroit Fire Department says that in the past 24 hours, they are investigating three suspicious fires on the east side and that it could be the work of one arsonist.

They're tracing a pattern to see if, indeed one person is responsible for the fires.

There are no suspects for these suspicious fire.

"I take of this block for this end to the other side," said Tommy Payne, a neighbor. "Someone is setting the houses on fire. We just don't know who they are."

Payne is one of the last people living on Glenfield Avenue. He would like the city to help and thinks the best way to stop the fires is to level the homes.

One home on Payne's block is slated for a city demolition.

The city is checking to see if the other houses qualify for the city's Hardest Hit Fund. The Detroit Land Bank would first have to take over the homes and money spent on demolition.

"I don't care if they leave them in a pile," Payne said. "At least take them down."

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