Suspicious fires have Avalon Park residents concerned



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Avalon Park residents in east Orange County are looking for answers following three brush fires that are suspected to be arson.

The first Avalon Park fire was reported Friday, and firefighters responded to two others over the weekend. A $5,000 reward is being offered for any information about a suspect.

Resident Charles Figueroa said he called 911 after his dogs spotted 30-foot flames burning a small patch of woods along Carriage Lakes Drive.

"You can still see ashes and on top of the roof, that was covered with ashes," Figueroa said.

Authorities believe the area, which is near many homes, was intentionally set on fire twice. Another area near a school boardwalk was also set ablaze.

After the first fire, surveillance video was discovered that showed a potential suspect. But neighbors told WFTV they haven't received any answers from investigators.

"We haven't heard anything yet, and trying to get ahold of anyone at the Forestry Department has been very difficult," resident Jamie Beu said.

Eyewitness News called the number on the arson reward sign posted near the scene and the person who answered the line didn't know about the Avalon Park fires.

"Any other response beyond reaction. We need action on this as well," Beu said.

WFTV also reached out to Orange County Fire Rescue and the Forestry Service for an update, but didn't hear back.

"I think it's outrageous. How can you serve your community efficiently if you don't have surveillance right now? There should be a patrol car going out there every once in a while, especially at night time," Figueroa said.

Residents said above all, they're concerned that there's a serial arsonist hitting the area and more fires could be set.