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Arsonist strikes again in City Heights

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Firefighters say a serial arsonist, responsible for several fires, is on the loose.

The latest blaze happened near Euclid Elementary School in City Heights. An arsonist torched a pickup truck in the 4100 block of Euclid Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Once firefighters arrived, they found scorch marks on the truck and a pentagram spray-painted on the hood.

The Metro Arson Strike Team also reported that there was another suspicious car fire Tuesday night. But the question is: are these fires related to the fires in the City Heights area last week.

"Without going into too many details, last night's fires included accelerants and graffiti which was a little different from the other arson events," explained Captain Joe Amador with San Diego Fire Rescue.

Last week, four fires were set between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Someone lit a trash can on fire at Wightman Street and Shiloh Road, as well as a window screen. Blocks away, a garage was damaged after rubbish caught fire on the side of a house on Knoxie Street.

Residents were evacuated after a suspect lit debris on fire in the back of a pickup truck in the 5000 block of Wightman.

"This person is becoming very brazen and we don't want anyone to get hurt as we put these fires out," continued Captain Amador.

Firefighters say these blazes are being set when people are sleeping so authorities are urging everyone to check their smoke detectors and take extra care.

Investigators are questioning a few people, who are out of jail, convicted of setting fires in City Heights last year. However, the Metro Arson Strike Team has no solid leads yet. They hope to arrest the person or people responsible soon, before the fires become worse.

Anyone with information in these cases is asked to call the San Diego Crime Stoppers.


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