CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Authorities Friday announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of several young arsonists who set four fires over a three-day span on the grounds of a South Bay primary school and in nearby open areas.
Three of the blazes erupted within minutes of each other at and near Discovery Elementary School in Chula Vista on the afternoon of June 28, while the fourth began spreading early on the evening of June 30.
On each occasion, witnesses saw several youths running off as the flames began spreading, according to police.
The first fire damaged trees and a sign at the school in the 1100 block of Camino Biscay, and the second, reported about 10 minutes later, burned roughly 800 square feet of brush in a canyon a short distance away, off Avenida de la Barca.
The third fire broke out minutes later and blackened about 1,200 square feet of vegetation off South Rancho del Rey Parkway and Buena Vista Way.
Two days later, the fourth blaze in the arson series scorched a quarter-acre in an open area near several homes off Eastlake and Ridgewater drives, police said.
Anyone with information about the fires was asked to San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
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