Marissa residents on edge after arson fires

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MARISSA, IL (KPLR) - An overnight arsonist is causing some Marissa residents to lose sleep.  Three fires were set early Monday morning to sheds behind homes along S. Main St.  Nobody was injured.

"It's sick," said Alice Mines.  She lives just a few yards from where one of the fires was set.  Mines said she can't sleep out of concern a fire will spread to her home.

"Everybody's scared," said Mines.  "Everybody's terrified."

Some residents are encouraging neighbors to leave on as many outside lights as possible.  It's an attempt to minimize the risk of an arsonist picking a well-lit area.

Damage to the sheds was minimal thanks to someone taking out their trash.   A resident said that person put out two of the fires on his own and the fire department responded to the third fire.

Marissa's Police Chief is asking anyone with information to contact his department.   He said his department has no leads.

Betty Perinne has a shed behind her home.  She worries what would happen if someone set it on fire.

"I hope they catch them so they don't hurt anyone," said Perinne.

Mines also hopes the suspect or suspects are caught soon.

"I hope there's justice because it's not funny," said Mines.  "It's just not funny."​

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