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Police search for arsonist in series of small blazes

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Two suspects were being questioned Thursday in connection to two overnight fires in City Heights, where firefighters were also working to determine if a car fire was related.

A car burned in the 4800 block of Polk Avenue about 2:40 a.m., according to San Diego police and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson said no cause had been established, but it could have been electrical.

"Who does that? Just for fun? Oh no," Daniela Cabrera said. "I put a lot of money into it so that's why I'm pissed off.”

Cabrera's pregnant sister discovered her white Infiniti damaged at 48th and Polk Avenue. The City College student is one of three arson victims in City Heights and her car has sentimental value.

"My dad actually passed away and as soon as I got my money two years ago, I wanted to buy a car to go to school," Cabrera said.

Two earlier fires were also believed to have been set, San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick said. One fire burned the side of a house in the 4200 block of Chamoune Avenue, and a couch was set on fire in the nearby 4200 block of 46th Street, he added.

Police detained the two suspects several blocks away at Euclid Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard, but for unrelated charges. Their names are being withheld, pending possible booking.

Meanwhile, another victim lives around the corner from Polk Avenue, and her car was torched beyond recognition Wednesday afternoon.

"I don't have insurance, was just homeless. We were saving money to get into a place, and I have no insurance on my car and I have a car note. I don't know what I'm going to do," said Amanda Uhrig.

Detectives say there were six other fires set in the past three days, but they're uncertain if there's a connection to the latest string of fires.

So far, police haven't made any arrests.


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