Chattanooga fire investigators are trying to locate a suspect who is believed responsible for setting five vehicle fires Sunday around 9 p.m. in the Brainerd area.
Captain Anthony Moore with the Fire Investigation Division said the fires were located between the 5100 and 5600 blocks of Brainerd Road, with one off Brainerd Road on North St. Marks. In all, the suspect tried to burn up four cars and one van. The fires occurred within the span of about 20 minutes.
Captain Moore said one car was seriously damaged, but most had minimal damage. The suspect apparently used the same method in each vehicle, trying to start the fire by removing the gas cap and placing something on fire in the opening to the gas tank.
Fortunately, the suspect’s method did not work very well, except for one vehicle. No one was injured, authorities said.
Lt. Henry McElvain is assisting with the investigation, along with the Chattanooga Police Department.