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Trash fire is 5th suspicious blaze in Frisco neighborhood

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FRISCO, Texas -

Arson investigators are looking into more suspicious fires in a Frisco neighborhood.

A fire was set in a trash can outside a home in the 600 block of Burr Oaks Drive around 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

It spread to the side of the home and burned an electrical box. The residents were home at the time, but no one was hurt.

It's the fifth suspicious fire in the neighborhood since May. Two others involved homes under construction and one on Sunday happened at a vacant but furnished home that was for sale. A fourth involved a vehicle.

"Even with all the activity, with the police and fire marshal, whoever it is pretty gutsy," said Mark Nunn, who lives in the area.

Investigators are not certain that the fires are linked, but they said in several of the cases there were signs suggesting the fire was not accidental.

"Some of them have different characteristics, some are similar," Fire Chief Mark Piland said. "It's unusual, there's no question about that."

The Frisco Fire Department is working with several agencies including the State Fire Marshal's Office on the case.

Residents aren't just relying on added police patrols. Some are sleeping in shifts to periodically check their homes and installing video cameras.

"I just got off line ordering some infrared cameras for the house," Joe Powell, arson victim, said. "In a few days we'll have everything set and ready to go."

Chief Piland and Mayor Maher Maso asked the public to report anything suspicious by calling 911 or the Frisco Police Department.

"We're confident we will catch this coward," Mayor Maso said.

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