Big Spring Fire Marshals Need Community's Help to Stop Structure Fires 6/12/13
June 12, 2013
Four vacant buildings in Big Spring have caught fire in the last three months and Fire Marshal Carl Condray says they have a problem on their hands.
"Any number is too many," he said.
All four fires remain under investigation, but Condray says it's very likely that these fires were caused by people who have broke in.
"Sometimes there is transient activities in there. There's kids, there's homeless people, other people who have a criminal element in mind. (They are) going in, using them for drug houses or whatever," he said.
The fires have been spread out around town with a two near 21st and state street, another at the old Bennet -Hall Hospital on Goliad and the 900 block of Sergeant Paradez.
Condray also says vacant buildings are not properly secured.
"The problem is that some of these property owners that owned these buildings are not securing them and that causes a lot of problems for the neighbors," he said.
He says ultimately it will take neighbors looking out for suspicious activity in these abandoned homes to prevent fires.
"They are the ones who are around there all the time...and if they see activity that they believe is suspicious they need to let law enforcement know," Condray said.
And just across the street from the abandoned Bennet- Hall Hospital another vacant building is boarded up and Fire Marshals say if near by neighbors don't keep a watchful eye on the house, it could go up in flames as well.