Police are investigating two fires in the Oak Hills neighborhood on Tuesday night as arson.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "What makes somebody do something like that to an innocent bystander and innocent, you're just there," said Deb Bresser as she described two fires that happened in her neighborhood on Tuesday. Police believe they were started by arson.
You have heard the words unexpected times and unexpected places. On Tuesday, Bresser had no idea the unexpected would be her neighborhood.
"According to my neighbor, the fire department came up without their sirens, so we didn't hear anything," she said.
Two fires - both within a half-hour of each other in the Oak Hills neighborhood. The first happened at a park on Oak Hills Parkway causing $15,000 worth of damage.
The other fire happened up the road at a house on Oak Knoll Dr. where police say two jet skis at a home where engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.
"My daughter who is friends with the neighbor girl received a text at midnight saying look out your window our jet skis are on fire," Bresser said.
It is news that Bresser says has left the neighborhood feeling uneasy. More people are turning on their lights at night and double checking their doors she said. All the while, Bresser is left with questions that do not yet have an answer.
"I mean those jet skis have sat out there since they lived here, that's where they always sit all summer, no one has ever done anything to them," she added.
Police say there may not have been a motive and the arson was random.
"There was no indication from the owners of the jet skis that they had any particular enemies or people they know of that would have had reason to damage property," said Sgt. Mark Pieper with the Eau Claire Police Dept.
And that has left Bresser re-thinking decisions that before may have been a passing thought.
"We've let our kids go down there and play you know with a group of kids and they're old enough to go do that, and now you kind of think twice and go, maybe not," Bresser said.
Anyone who might have seen anything suspicious in the area or has information relating to these fires is asked to call Detective Sergeant Mark Pieper with the Eau Claire Police Department Detective Division at 715-839-6217.
Tips can also be directed to the Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council hotline at 1-800-362-3005. Posters indicate rewards of up to $5,000 are offered.