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Investigators looking for leads in North County arson series

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ESCONDIDO (CNS/CBS 8) - Authorities reached out to the public for information about a series of suspicious North County fires that have damaged homes, vehicles and landscaping in recent months.

The nine non-injury blazes that occurred between August 2009 and this month, all erupted in the predawn hours in Escondido neighborhoods bordered by Fig Street, Lincoln Avenue, Rose Street and Washington Avenue, police said Monday.

"Most of these fires were limited to cypress trees in the front yards of residential property," Detective Marco Sevilla said. "During some of the fires, damage was done to nearby structures and vehicles."

The blazes were likely ignited intentionally, though investigators have been able to develop no leads on the person or people responsible.

Anyone with information about the apparent arson series was asked to call (760) 839-4794 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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