- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - After a string of arson fires, some residents of Barre, Vermont, say they have become more vigilant while others say they do not feel unsafe.

Police have increased their presence in the city after four arson fires in August. All the buildings were either vacant or used for storage, and no injuries have been reported.

Richard Walters, who lives across the street from a former bed and breakfast that burned Aug. 25, told The Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/1B8QHiW) that he stays up every night watching the neighborhood and wondering whether someone will come back and finish it off.

But his neighbor, Ernest Billings, said he still feels safe and is somewhat comforted knowing that inhabited homes haven’t been targeted.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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