3 suspicious car fires within blocks of each other

Three cars were damaged by fire the night of Sept. 15 and morning of Sept. 16 in one Kettering neighborhood. (WRGT)

KETTERING, Ohio (WRGT) -- Three cars were scorched all near each other in Kettering, and all are suspicious.

Now, police are investigating whether they are arson and if they're related.

No one got hurt in any of the fires. The first one was around 8 p.m. September 15, 2016, in the Dollar General parking lot.

The other two happened at an apartment complex and residential street shortly before and after 2 a.m. Sept. 16.

"Some people, I guess, have been terrorizing Kettering this evening and doing random drive-bys and setting cars on fire," said victim Brad Ditzell.

Police woke up Brad Ditzell and his wife just after 2 a.m. to alert them someone set their car on fire.

"From our understanding is poured gasoline inside and lit the car on fire," said Ditzell.

A few minutes before his SUV was targeted on Sunray Road, another car was torched on Flowerdale.

"It was about 2 o'clock in the morning and we were just laying in bed watching a movie. All of a sudden we heard a really loud pop," said neighbor Lyndsey Mullins.

Then she heard the car alarm.

I could tell it had started in the back of the car so I was really concerned about it being close to the gas tank and i just immediately called 911," said Mullins.

"We just heard a big boom and then we looked out our bedroom window and saw the fire department out there," said neighbor Damian Stidham.

Neighbors said the car on Flowerdale has been sitting in the same spot for some time. They don't know who it belongs to and they said after the fire started, no one came outside to claim it.

"I've never seen that car move," said Stidham. He said he has been living at that address for about a month and a half.

Police call the fires suspicious since they happened a few blocks away and in a short time frame.

"It is unusual. We really don't have this type of issue on a regular basis, that's why it's suspicious for us tonight," Kettering Police Lt. Holly Merchland said.

"It's pretty scary. I mean, especially considering the neighborhood. You think of Kettering as a really safe kind of place," said Mullins.

The fire marshal is also investigating the car fires.

Police said it's likely the culprit will face arson charges once caught.


Earlier coverage:

KETTERING (WRGT) - Residents in a Kettering neighborhood are waking up to torched cars. Early this morning there were two reports of cars fires within minutes and blocks of each other. And now, police and fire investigators wants to know who started them. The first fire happened just before 2 a.m. on Flowerdale Avenue. Then less than 20 minutes later, a second car fire is reported on Sunray and Orangewood. No other property besides the cars were damaged in the fires.