Several residential fires under investigation at JBLM

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 13 at 10:52 PM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Five fires over the past three months have raised concerns for some families in JBLM housing. 

Crystal Bahr lives around the corner from one of the duplexes destroyed in July.

"It's an eerie feeling, and I get a pit in my stomach when I see any of these houses," said Bahr. "The first fire, I thought maybe it was an accident, maybe it was a fluke thing, Then after fires two, three, and four, I wanted to get more of the facts of what's going on."

Bahr and dozens of other residents attended a town hall meeting Tuesday night at JBLM.

Colonel Charles Hodges told the crowd that it is "very, very unusual because our last house fire up to this point was in 2003 and we had one."

This Summer, the first fire happened in June and appeared to be caused by improper use of an electrical cord. The second fire was likely caused by an appliance, according to Col. Hodges.

The causes for the three fires that followed are unknown.

"We have identified some people who are involved in the investigation and those individuals are no longer on JBLM," said Col. Hodges. "They will not be living on or residing on JBLM until the investigation is complete." 

The JBLM Criminal Investigation Division has opened an investigation into the cause of the fires. Outside agencies are assisting.

According to a JBLM spokesperson, there were two fires in June, one in July, and two in August. 

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