Recent arsons have Garfield residents concerned

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PITTSBURGH - Three recent fires that have been ruled arsons are raising concerns in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood.

Rodney Bryant lives on Rosetta Street, where the three arsons were reported in the last week.

“(I’m) very concerned about it.  There's a number of empty houses up here,” said Bryant.

The fires all happened in abandoned houses on the street.  There is new development above and below this street, and children are often outside playing.

“They have a lot of building construction going on around,” said Bryant. “So, I don't know if people want property, so they burn it up so the property is now available, because there is no one in the house."

Other neighbors think the children could be to blame.

“I was told that there some little kids up here that were seen in the area both times,” said neighbor Bill Plater.

Investigators said all the fires have happened during the afternoon hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Neighbors don't know why their street is being targeted, but they are on the lookout for suspicious activity.

“This is our home.  This is what we have,” said Bryant.

Anyone that witnesses suspicious activity is asked to dial 911.