Arsons in west Wichita likely linked, police say

WICHITA — Three arsons in west Wichita early this morning may be connected, police said.

The first was reported at 1:30 a.m. in the 10200 block of West Westport. The hood of a Chevy Blazer was set on fire, and a resident said he saw a strange vehicle parked next to it in the street shortly before the fire was reported.

About 90 minutes later, two fires were reported a short distance apart on Dora. The first call came in at 3 a.m. in the 11600 block of West Dora, police said, where someone threw a firecracker into the basement window well of a house.

The firework ignited a fire in the window well.

"This is not a simple prank," Lt. Darras Delamaide said.

People were inside the house at the time of the fire, he said, but they were not hurt.

Someone then started a fire on the front lawn of an occupied house in the 11400 block of West Dora, police said.

No suspects have been identified in the case.