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SAN DIEGO — Authorities announced a reward of up to $2,000 Friday for information leading to the arrest of the vandal or vandals responsible for at least 15 arson fires that have plagued City Heights-area neighborhoods in
recent weeks.

The monetary incentive for tips about the spree of malicious fires — which have charred trash piles, flatbed trailers, discarded mattresses, commercial garbage bins and beds of pickup trucks — is a joint offering of San
Diego County Crime Stoppers and Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s office.

“All San Diegans should feel safe in their communities,” Emerald said. “That is why I am committed to finding (whoever is) responsible for these fires.”

The blazes, which have caused no reported injuries or serious structural damage, occurred in the late-night and early-morning hours on the following dates and blocks:

— March 4, 5200 Rex Ave.;
— March 5, 5200 Landis St.;
— March 5, 5200 Ogden St.;
— March 5, 5000 Wightman St.;
— March 5, 5300 Wightman St.;
— March 13, 3600 Knoxie St.;
— March 13, 3700 Shiloh Road;
— March 13, 3800 Shiloh Road;
— March 13, 5100 Wightman St.;
— March 15, 6300 University Ave.;
— March 17, 5200 52nd Place;
— March 22, 5300 Wightman St.;
— March 24, 5200 Landis St.;
— March 31, 5100 Landis St.; and
— March 31, 5200 Landis St.

Anyone with information about any of the fires was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org.

Tipsters may remain anonymous.