Third Winfield fire being investigated as possible arson

The skirt of a trailer house was damaged by fire early Sunday morning. Winfield police and fire departments suspect it could be arson.

The Winfield police and fire departments have added a third possible arson to an investigation started after two fires were reported less than two hours apart on Oct. 5 and 6.

Firefighters and police officers were called at 4:42 a.m. Oct. 13 to the 400 block of East Fourth Avenue for a reported structure fire, Winfield Fire Marshall Chad Mayberry said. 

A small fire was extinguished on the outside of a building. The minor burn has been added to the list of two other possible arsons in Winfield.

The first fire was reported at 11:46 p.m. Oct. 5 in the 300 block of West 16th Avenue, according to a news release. Officers and fire personnel were directed to a detached shed at a residence where heavy amounts of smoke were reported. 

The second fire was reported at 1:27 a.m. on Oct. 6. Officers and firefighters went to 600 block of East Seventh Street, about 13 blocks away from the first fire, for a structure fire. 

Large amounts of smoke were reported coming from the rear of a residence. The backside of the house was smoldering when emergency services arrived and was quickly extinguished.

None of the fires have caused any injuries and only minimal damage was recorded on the buildings.

Neither department had any additional information to release as of Thursday afternoon.

Mayberry said the KBI hadn’t returned results from samples sent in from the earlier fires.

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