Federal officials are increasing a reward for information in connection with a series of arson-related fires in Lawrence. The reward now stands at $7,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Fire Chief Mark Bradford says nearly 20 fires have been set over the last several months in south central Lawrence, all at multi-family dwellings and apartment complexes. The fires appear to be related. Bradford says people living in apartment buildings could provide useful information.
Anyone with information related to the fires can contact the Lawrence Police Department or the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department. Tipsters can remain anonymous. The $7,500 reward is being offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.