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POLO, Mo. — Three house fires Tuesday morning in Caldwell County are being investigated by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office as arson.

One person died in one of those fires, which happened in Polo, Missouri.

All three fires were reported along SW State Route D. The first fire was reported just after 8:30 a.m. at a house near SW Colt Drive. The Caldwell County Sheriff identified the victim as 96-year-old Lorene Fickess.

First responders responded to two additional fires at vacant homes along the same road, the second located at SW Mirabile Drive and third located at State Route HH.

Fire crews responded from Polo, Cameron, Lathrop, Hamilton, Kingston and Braymer.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing, but it appears all three fires were intentionally set.

According to the sheriff’s office, a black SUV with tinted windows was seen near each fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (816) 586-2681.

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