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$1,000 reward offered in series of arsons

Officials in Hollis, Okla., are asking for the public's help in solving a series of arson that have plagued the community for about a month. (KVII File)

Residents in Hollis have witnessed a rash of arsons in recent weeks, and law enforcers now are offering a reward for information in the cases.

Police Chief David Johnson said he and Harmon County Sheriff Leslie Orr have put together $500 each for a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the fires.

“They started a few weeks ago in a couple of abandoned houses,” Johnson said of the fires. “Well, I say abandoned, they were empty. And both fires were suspicious in nature and we’re calling them arsons.”

Jones said the state fire marshal has been called in and is helping with the investigation. He said at least two houses have tested positive for accelerants.

“One house has been burned twice,” Johnson said. “The first time was an intentional fire a week ago and was put out.

“Early Wednesday the structure – that was already burnt – was burned again and again it was a suspicious fire. That fire also spread to the house next door.

Johnson said someone had been living “off and on” in the house that had been burned twice. Johnson termed the neighboring house collateral damage, and said a family had been living in that house until last week.

Johnson says investigators are pursuing a few leads, but they have not been fruitful so far.

If you have information, investigators ask that you call 580-688-9216. All calls are confidential.

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