Submitted by Stacie Durham, McKinney Fire Department
The McKinney Fire and Police Departments are investigating several suspicious fires in the 500 block of Josephine St. The fires, believed to be the result of arson, have occurred randomly over the past several months.
Investigators need the public’s assistance in identifying potential suspect(s). A Texas Advisory Council on Arson is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved. Please contact Detective Jeff Taylor at 972-547-2738 with information about these fires or with information relating to any suspicious fire in McKinney.
In addition to the fires on Josephine St., investigators are seeking information on a rash of dumpster and grass fires in the area of Highland and Ash which have occurred since early February.
According to Deputy Fire Marshal Andrew Barr, “Setting fires is a serious concern to the entire community. Data shows that juveniles who set small fires often graduate to larger, more dangerous blazes. The small fire we see today may escalate to the multi-alarm fatality fire we see tomorrow.”
Arson is a serious crime, and often arsonists are adolescents. More than 50 percent of arson arrests in the United States involve children under the age of 18, and the incidence of juvenile arson is increasing. “If you suspect that your child may be playing or experimenting with fire, the McKinney Fire Department offers a Youth Firesetter Intervention & Education Program,” commented MFD PIO Stacie Durham.