EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSARSONS INVESTIGATION
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Arsons Leave Community On Edge
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Videographer: Brad Rice
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: May. 10, 2012 6:38 PM EDT
Updated: May. 10, 2012 6:57 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Two arsons strike two South Charleston neighborhoods just days apart. Now the community is fired up.
"You want it stopped," said Retha Trent.
"It scared me to death. Scared me to death. Because we never had anything like that down here before," said Peggy Edwards.
Thursday night, a home on E Street was gutted by flames. The fire sent a woman who lived there to the hospital.
Then on Sunday night, an abandoned home on Central Avenue caught fire. When crews got inside they found an active meth lab. Jessica Sanson was charged with arson for that fire, but detectives are still trying to figure out who torched the other home.
Retha Trent lives near E Street and saw the house up in flames. She says she's scared it could happen again. "There's enough of this in Huntington and you never see it in South Charleston. You want it stopped," she said.
Peggy Edwards lives on Central Avenue with her two little granddaughters. "They play out here all the time and if that would have blown up that would have scared me to death," she said.
Now all that's left are two piles of rubble surrounded by tape. While a community hopes whoever started the fires will stop, before it turns tragic.
"They should have to pay for what they did. And cost maybe someone the chance of losing someone's life," said Edwards.
The woman who was hurt in the apartment fire on E Street has been released from the hospital.
Police say more arrests are pending.
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