Davis County arsonist hits 5 places in about an hour

SOUTH DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – An arson investigation is heating up, Monday, after officials say someone started five fires overnight in Centerville. 
Fortunately, no one was hurt in any of the fires, but one home on Main Street had a really close call. 
“We were all shaking and really shaken up…” said Linda McGrath, who evacuated her home with her son, around 3:30 a.m. Monday.  “A policeman was banging on our door real loud,” she recalled. 
McGrath says they and their neighbors watched as 60-foot flames shot up from their bushes into the exploding power lines above. 
“You’re just thinking, ‘who’s crazy enough to do something like that and think it’s okay?'” McGrath said. 
The fire is one of five in the area South Davis Metro Fire officials say they extinguished overnight.  Authorities say someone hit two trash cans, an industrial-sized dumpster at a construction site, a trailer full of roof shingles at an LDS meetinghouse, and McGrath’s front yard in about an hour.
Authorities are also now connecting the incidents to another arson investigation they launched last week in Farmington. 
“Our next concern would be that they’re increasing what they’re doing.  They started off with trash cans and then in Farmington they started at the mountain.  Now, we’re going to, you know, trailers, homes — could be enhancing what’s going on, so that’s concerning to us,” said Jeff Bassett, Fire Chief for South Davis Metro Fire. 
Centerville Police Department posted a surveillance video on their Facebook page, saying police are interested in talking with the yet-to-be-identified person in the clip regarding the arson. 
Meanwhile, McGrath has a message for whoever is responsible. 
“There are so many other hobbies you could have over something like this. Go do something creative, go do something uplifting,” she suggested. 

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