Residents on edge after four intentionally-set fires on Rybolt Avenue

Investigators says four fires set recently along Rybolt Avenue were arson. (Photo: WTHR)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A woman living on the city's west side says she's scared after someone tried to burn down her house.

She's not alone.

Four homes were damaged by fire in just a matter of hours Tuesday.

Just hours apart, investigators determined all four fires were intentionally set, two in Wayne Township two more in Decatur Township, all of them on Rybolt Avenue.

"I hope I can get some sleep tonight and things will get better," said victim Gloria Herald. The 77 year old isn't sure she wants to close her eyes to sleep.

"I'm just upset, I don't know which way I'm going right now."

Herald woke up Tuesday night to find her house on fire.

"If it wasn't for that man up there, I don't think I'd be here," Herald said.

Or Herald's neighbor across the street. She was the first one to see the flames.

"It was way up there and that's what got my eyes through the window was the big flame," said neighbor Marsha Powers. She helped pour water on the fire before it could cause more extensive damage.

"I was scared," Powers told Eyewitness News. "I was nervous. I was like 'I gotta do something, I can't just sit here and do nothing.'"

Powers said she can't imagine the arsonist's motivation.

"Whoever's doing this, I don't know if they're doing it for fun, games or why they're doing it, I don't know, but they're messing with peoples lives and it's not right."

Herald said she hopes the suspect is caught soon.

"I"m trying to cope and stay strong," said Herald.

No injuries have been reported in any of the four fires.

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