- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - More than a dozen palm trees have been set afire since January on Galveston Island in a string of arson cases.

Galveston Fire Chief Michael Wisko (https://bit.ly/1GHCWuY ) tells the Galveston County Daily News their “biggest fear” is that someone is going to get hurt.

He says a fire from a burning palm tree ended up burning part of a vacant residence in April. That’s been the only reported structure damage.

Officials say 13 trees have been scorched using flammable liquid, possibly gasoline, in a sporadic pattern across the island.

Wisko says they have no suspects. Wisko says arson is a difficult crime to charge unless someone is caught in the act. He says the fires typically occur overnight.

In 2009, serial arsonists torched dozens of palm trees.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, https://www.galvnews.com

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