Detectives no closer to catching Roswell serial arsonist

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Another car has been set on fire in Roswell and this time the flames spread to a home.

It’s the 17th car fire in the city since November and unfortunately the fire department says they still don’t have any substantial leads.

“Absolutely, we are frustrated,” said Roswell Deputy Fire Marshall Matt Miller.

Frustrated and fed up. The fact is the Roswell Fire Department says it’s no closer to cracking the town’s possible serial arsonist case than it was eight months ago.

Since November there have been 17 separate cars torched. All of them have been parked near homes.

The latest suspicious fire happened on the 1600 block of South Stanton early Wednesday morning.

“The cars caught on fire and started popping. It was bad,” said Abel Hernandez.

Fire investigators say the flames from one car spread to three other vehicles, a motorcycle and two homes.

A majority of the property is a total loss.

“I was thinking if they hadn’t stopped it, it would have hit all of these houses,” said Maraya Hernandez.

Deputy Fire Marshall Matt Miller says the department is doing everything it can to get a handle on the situation, but investigators say they’re always two-steps behind the suspected arsonist.

“We have no way of having enough people out to cover every single neighborhood to catch somebody in the act,” said Miller.

In the meantime, the department is asking for the public’s help.

“If you know of anything or hear anything let us know even if you’re not sure let us know, let us look into it and find out,” said Miller.

The fire department is working with Roswell police to come up with a better strategy in tracking down who might be doing this.

They’re also working with ATF and going through criminal records to see if someone may be linked to the fires.

Investigators have sent evidence to the state crime lab to be analyzed.

They’re still waiting for that to come back.

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