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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Residents in the apartment complex hit twice by arson say they "can't live like this."  They say fear they will get hit again keeps them from sleeping.

Firefighters battled yet another garage fire in southeast Grand Rapids overnight.

Crews were called to the 2600 block of Woodmeadow Drive S.E. at 2:30 a.m. Thursday.  This is the seventh fire in that general area in recent weeks.  This is the second fire in the Long Meadow Apartments. 

Resident Kristie Walton woke up to the fire and is angry that nobody's been caught. "When I saw the bright orange, I went to my kids' bedroom and told them to get out of there," she says.  "I'm sick of this.  I think the person who did this needs to be caught." 

All of the fires were started between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., between East Paris and Breton avenues.

The fire destroyed several garages that are not attached to the apartment living units.

Grand Rapids and Kentwood Police are investigating, as well as federal authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Anita Rediger, who lives nearby, said Thursday:"I'm just getting so paranoid and scared I don't feel safe living in my own home...I'm afraid I'll fall asleep and end up as a crispy critter."

Police and neighborhood watch groups passed out fliers Thursday urging people to report any suspicious activity, to keep lights on, and to make sure their smoke detectors are working.

"We'll catch this guy" said Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Michael Maycroft, the crime prevention officer for the area.

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