Norman woman catches suspect setting fire on her property

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NORMAN, Okla. - A Norman woman said she caught a suspect setting a fire on her property.

Sallie Kennedy walked out to the barn on her 3 acres Tuesday afternoon and noticed the lock on her barn door was busted and the door was hanging open.

She could tell someone had been in there by the mess inside.

“I think, when I came in here, he must’ve been in the other room. So, when I saw this, I thought I really just need to get out,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy called the police but, before they came out to take a report, she drove back down to the barn area and, this time, she saw the suspect and a fire he had set.

“I was just in the car, and I could see the flames leaping and I thought, at this rate, we’re going to have a major fire,” Kennedy said.

She immediately called police again.

“I said he’s here now, can you come? And, he said we’re on our way. And, they came quickly, two fire trucks, the fire chief, lots of policemen,” Kennedy said.

“We responded to the scene code 3, emergency response. But, when we arrived on scene, we could not locate any individuals on the property,” said Norman police spokesperson Sarah Jensen.

Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire before it caused any damage.

Jensen said the fire marshall’s office is investigating.

Right now, they think the suspect was possibly a juvenile.

But, they said, no matter who set the fire, it’s a dangerous time to be doing that.

“It is scary in these conditions, especially with unseasonably high temperatures and the way the winds are today. It definitely could’ve caused a much bigger issue,” Jensen said.

Kennedy would like to know who the suspect is and why he started that fire.

“It’s a real mystery. I wish I knew. I hope he can get some help before he really gets into trouble,” Kennedy said.

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