Multiple Love County Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a series of fires believed to have been intentionally set along State Highway 32 Tuesday night.
Love County Volunteer Fire Department Chairman Chris Kirk said firefighters from the Enville, Lake Murray, East Side and Greenville-Overbook departments were paged out to the highway near Lone Oak Road and the Lake Texoma area at 10:09 p.m.
“There were probably somewhere between four and six separate fires along this property, a stretch of probably 200 to 300 yards and a total burn area of somewhere between 15 and 20 acres,” Kirk said.
Love County Emergency Management personnel and officers from the Love County Sheriff’s Department joined the firefighters on scene. Due to the unusual pattern of fires, the incident is being investigated as arson.
“Just the way it appeared, with numerous fires scattered out down a very rural road. Anywhere out in the middle of nowhere and there’s numerous fires down a county road or rural road, it’s definitely suspicious,” Kirk said.
However, no suspects have been taken into custody and officials are unsure of a description at this time. There were no reported injuries and no structures were in danger, Kirk said. Firefighters had the fires out by 11:49 p.m.
Kirk said everyone in the community and around the state should remember to practice caution when burning, welding, or working outside during this time of year.
“Be sure that you follow the guidelines and we ask that you do to help us prevent any uncontrolled fires,” Kirk said. “We’ll be in fire season until March or April. Everybody just be careful, especially during these holidays.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Love County Sheriff’s Office at 580-276-3150.