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String of St. Pete arsons remain a mystery

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St. Petersburg police are searching for an arsonist believed to be behind several fires in the Causeway Isles neighborhood.

"It's kind of really unnerving. People don't know what's going on," said Mike Brengs.

This marks the fifth fire set while the tenant is away, or the building was vacant.

'You're talking probably within a block of each other, all these houses," said detective Rodney Tower.

The fifth fire marks the second time this home has been broken into and set ablaze.  The damage is minor this time.

The fear is major now that it's happened yet again.

"(I'm) in disbelief, I guess," said Caanan Ames.

Christmas lights came down as security cameras went up on Wednesday.

"We're definitely making sure we are setting the house alarm which goes straight to the fire department if there's a fire," Brengs said.

There is something else these homes have in common; they all have waterfront views out the back.  The people who live in this neighborhood have a theory of how these fires are being set without anyone seeing.

"It's real easy to look across the canals and see the neighbors if they are home or not. It's easy to see if the lights are on, and there's no one home, even if the lights are on you can tell no one's home," Ames said.

Police canvased the area last November, distributing flyers and asking questions.

"I think they have provided some details about the persons or circumstances our investigators need to be aware of. I'm not aware of any identified suspect in this case at this point," said spokesman Mike Puetz.

Until an arrest, the neighborhood watch is on high alert.

"It's a tight neighborhood and people are looking out especially," Ames said.

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