$10,000 reward offered for arson info

A firefighter with Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District 1 helps extinguish a brushfire in April on Northern Avenue. Officials believe the blaze was the one in a string of roadside arson fires in Kingman.<BR>Courtesy

A firefighter with Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District 1 helps extinguish a brushfire in April on Northern Avenue. Officials believe the blaze was the one in a string of roadside arson fires in Kingman.<BR>Courtesy

KINGMAN - Authorities are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a serial arsonist who has set roadside fires in the Kingman and Butler areas since January.

Investigators are uncertain if the fires are the work of one or more persons. More than two dozen have been set over a large area of the city stretching from Kino Avenue to Northern Avenue and from Northern Avenue and Stockton Hill Road all the way to Route 66.

Authorities fear a brushfire will grow out of control and destroy homes now that warmer weather has arrived.

Employees with the Department of Public Safety are processing a substantial amount of evidence found at the fires.

"We have collected a great deal of evidence from the scenes and leads in the case are being followed up by fire department and law enforcement investigators," said Keith Eaton, assistant chief at the Kingman Fire Department.

"We believe that incendiary devices are being thrown from a vehicle into dry brush areas to start the fires."

Eaton urged the public to be on the lookout for anyone throwing anything from a vehicle and to report the vehicle description and license plate number.

Those with tips can call the Arson Hotline at (800) 352-7766; the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District at (928) 757-3151; the Kingman Fire Department at (928) 753-2891; the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-2191; or the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753.

The Kingman police and fire departments, the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District and the Mohave County Sheriff's Office have partnered with the Arizona Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention and the Arizona Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators to offer the reward.

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