Greenville police are investigating three arson cases in the same area, but have not said that they are related yet.
Greenville police say its the third time they have been called out for a residence being broken into and then left to burn. In the latest case Monday afternoon, police say someone went in the front door of a home on Wyndham Circle and stole clothing and shoes and set a fire in the home.
Police have increased their presence in the neighborhood and are going door-to-door to gather information.
"Its kind of nuts because I moved back here thinking that wouldn't happen, you know, but apparently it just shows it can happen anywhere," said resident Eric Brown.
Another neighbor Payne Joyner told WITN: "In one small area, I guess all the college kids and stuff ,a lot of kids have gone to school or out partying at night so it makes for a good opportunity to somebody to come and rob the place. Like I said, with the cops riding behind us right there they have really stepped it up."
Police discussed the arsons and break-ins at a community meeting Wednesday night.
Crews were called to an apartment fire in Wyndham Circle in Greenville Monday night, for the second fire in four days.
Officials believe the first fire on Thursday was intentionally set at the complex and say Monday's fire was also arson.
A next door neighbor alerted authorities Monday that she smelled smoke and heard the smoke alarm at 110 Wyndham Circle #B. When authorities went inside and put out the flames, they discovered it was an intentionally set fire with multiple points of origin.
The tenant was not home at the time.
The complex is a two-story apartment building with 16 units.
Officials say a small amount of fire, smoke, and water damage was contained within the apartment of origin.
Greenville police are investigating both fires.
A fire started inside an empty Greenville duplex is now being considered arson.
Greenville police say fire crews were called to 215 Wyndham Circle in around 2:15 A.M. Thursday morning.
Smoke could be seen coming from one duplex when crews arrived.
Police say someone broke out the back window of the unit, threw something into the oven and turned it on, but then set a separate fire near the pantry.
No one was in the apartment at the time.
The fire department says there was minor structural damage and moderate smoke damage to the unit broken into and very little smoke damage to the other.
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