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City Heights residents on-edge after new series of arson fires

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Residents in City Heights are on-edge after a series of fires authorities say were intentionally set.

Firefighters say the arsonist is becoming very bold, setting property on fire including a cooler and other items, even leaving a gas container just feet away from homes and apartments while people are sleeping.

Each incident has one thing in common: they were set in the cover of darkness.

Someone torched a fence at the 5200 block of Wightman Street around 12:50 a.m. Thursday. Flames grew dangerously close to a house. Eight minutes later, blocks away, someone lit a mattress on fire in the alley, located east of 52nd and Landis.

Firefighters had a hectic morning in City Heights as police investigated the five fires. Authorities are trying to catch the person before anyone is harmed.

"All these fires, especially at the time of day or night, are pretty dangerous. People are sleeping and unsuspecting of anything going on," San Diego Fire-Rescue Capt. Joseph Amador said. "That's when we know when we roll out the potential for casualties is greater when people are home not aware of what's going on."

Last November, two fires were set that damaged a motorcycle and box spring mattress in City Heights. Before that, six different fires were set in neighboring Chollas Creek.

The worst damage was in September, when to two cars went up in flames, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages. The Metro Arson Strike says three arrests were made for those past fires.

Firefighters and police aren't certain that these recent arson cases are connected and if it could be the same people doing it again.

Call police is you see any suspicious activity.


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