Police form task force after serial arsonist strikes for 12th time

Bay County’s serial arsonist has struck again. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

BAY COUNTY, Mich. -- Bay County’s serial arsonist has struck again.

Early Wednesday morning, police and fire crews were called to a home on North Finn Road in Hampton Township for a car on fire.

According to the Bay County sheriff this is the 12th such incident, 10 have occurred either in Hampton Township or Portsmouth Township and two within Bay City, prompting the formation of a task force.

According to the sheriff, the cars seemed to be selected at random. The only similarity is they were left outside of the garage.

However, there is a pattern when it comes to the fires.

The majority have occurred between 1 am and 3 am in the morning. The latest car was around 2 am.

According to Sheriff Cunningham all the fires have started either near the gas tank or inside the vehicle.


No one was home at the time of Wednesday's fire. Luckily, a neighbor noticed the flames when he got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and let out his dog.

"I figured it was arson," says William Gall who saw the flames and called 911. "That car wouldn’t have just started burning by itself. If I’d have been sleeping who knows how far that whole car probably would have been."

Police are asking anyone with information about the arson to call the sheriff’s office at 989-895-4050 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-422-5245.

Sheriff Cunningham is also advising people to leave their porch or garage lights on. He says it’s a simple act but can be a big crime deterrent.

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