Rhode Island police searching for arsonists - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Rhode Island police searching for arsonists

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WHDH) - A string of recent fires in Providence has investigators on the hunt for a serial arsonist.

The fire department is working with police and federal agencies to search for suspects. They've stepped up patrols during the afternoon since that's when most of the fires have happened.

Residents are also playing a big role, with officials encouraging witnesses to come forward and to use home surveillance equipment.

"We had kids playing right there next to the fire pretty much, because they were playing against the wall, the garage wall, so anybody could have gotten hurt," said one resident.

Some homes, set on fire last year, are still abandoned.

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