String of arsons in Winfield

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WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) -

Samantha Dutton is still shaken up after her car was set on fire early Sunday morning, "it's scary because you don't feel safe in your own home anymore." 

A string of arson activity in Winfield has residents on edge. Since October 5th, along with Dutton's car, 3 structures were set on fire. 

Dutton and her family were just feet away from the explosion, "I'm scared that whoever did this is going to come back and finish the job."

People all over this town fear their home could be next. But Winfield authorities are working hard to put a stop to this. 

"We don't believe that there's an overall concern to the general community based off some of the information we've gathered," says Captain Chad Gordon, Winfield Police Department. 

Police and fire investigators say the increase in criminal activity is unusual for their small town. They aren't ruling out the possibility of the fires being connected.

"Obviously because of the time-frame and the proximity of the addresses and especially in a smaller community, it's definitely something we're looking at," says Chad Mayberry, Winfield Fire Marshal.

There were no injuries in any of the fires and Dutton hopes it stays that way, "maybe somebody might not be as lucky next time. You know my car is nothing, that is nothing. I have my family and that's all that matters."

Winfield police would like you to call Cowley County Crime stoppers at 620-221-7777. 

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