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Juvenile charged with series of Plainfield arsons

A burned vehicle stands in the 16700 block of Hazelwood Drive in Plainfield last month. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / January 10, 2012)

A burned vehicle stands in the 16700 block of Hazelwood Drive in Plainfield last month. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / January 10, 2012)

Sandra Reinhart hasn’t slept well since the night her town house caught fire in Plainfield’s Arbor Creek subdivision in January.

The fire, which was set inside of a car parked in her garage, was one of three that night started in vehicles in the quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of the suburb.

Two other cars had been damaged by similar fires weeks earlier, touching off unease among Arbor Creek residents. On Monday, they are resting easier, as police announced the arrest of a juvenile who allegedly confessed to all five fires.

It’s bittersweet news for Reinhart, who said she lost her car, the home she had lived in for eight years, most of her possessions and her peace of mind. She moved out to a neighboring town, and even there she still checks to see that her garage door is locked several times a night.

“That is such a relief,” Reinhart said. “You don’t know what to feel. You don’t feel anger, because the person (who set the fires) is sick. I’m sorry to hear that it’s a juvenile, but I hope they get help.”

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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