Rash of Arsons in Christian County

Published 02/29 2012 06:27PM

Updated 02/29 2012 07:15PM

It was a scary sight on Lewis Street in Taylorville last month. A house burnt down and it was no accident. 

"By the time I got out here it was starting to catch the neighbor's house," said Robin Robinson.

She lives next door to the now demolished home. She saw flames from her window and immediately called 911, but that wouldn't be the only reason she'd need their help.

"He came to our door about half hour after the fire department left, he stumbled through our back yard and was covered in blood and I called 911 again," she said.

Robert Dodd was attacked in his home just minutes after the fire.

"I was just sitting in my chair reading the paper and he just started hitting me in the back of the head and he hit me here and blood went all over my face so I really couldn't see nothing," said Dodd as he recalls being attacked.

This isn't the first arson in Taylorville, another happened across town on Spresser Street.

"It causes us to use up all of our man power and a lot of our resources we have to call in help in from other communities which leaves them in need of help also," said Taylorville Fire Chief Jeff Hackney.

There've been eight arsons in Christian County this year. Police don't believe the arsons are connected. The man who attacked Robert Dodd is still on the loose.

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