Neighbors React

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

There is a wide range of emotion coming from one local neighborhood Wednesday.

Some say little will change for them, while others will be able to get their first good nights' sleep since the fires began and nearly all are happy to hear something positive has happened.

"My garage is so close to my house that if my garage goes, my house goes, and that's not something I want to face at this point in my life," said 83-year-old neighborhood resident Eileen LaRoche.

And if the suspect police have in custody tonight is in fact the arsonist, LaRoche won't have to worry anymore.

The arrest of 37-year-old Kevin Zarm is easing the minds of many who were living in fear of a fire breaking out in their back yard.

"I didn't worry in an extreme manner about it," said DeKalb St. resident Roger Davis, "But I'm always concerned and this would be a good thing."

Wausau resident Rebecca Ritter said, "I heard that he has been out in other areas and also some of them were close to me, so I feel really safe."

Others were more calm about the threat of fire.

"It was just a matter of time," resident Keith Peters said, "It was also a matter of whether or not the police were (going to) fumble into it or were the police going to do some work and catch him."

When asked if they were happy about law enforcement's efforts at catching the arsonist, most people interviewed say they are happy with the work done and understand how difficult it would have been to catch someone behind such random criminal acts.

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