Suspicious fires thought to be arson

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SAN DIEGO — At least five fires set early Saturday morning are being investigated as arson, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said.

The first one sparked on a patio on Froude Street in Ocean Beach around 1 a.m. Vanessa Doyer told FOX 5 her parents have lived in that home for nearly 20 years.

“It’s very frightening to learn that it’s happened to your parents’ house,” Doyer said. “Although nobody was hurt, it’s very detrimental to know that somebody could have gotten hurt.”

Two more blazes were put out by firefighters on Piedmont Drive and Catalina Place in Point Loma.

Firefighters were then called to a fourth fire around 4 a.m. on Monaco Street near Sunset Cliffs.

A fifth fire was discovered an hour later on La Cresta Drive in Point Loma.

Firefighters said all of the fires were within 10 miles of each other and were rubbish fires set in backyards. But the items that burned in Doyer’s parents’ house were far more than rubbish.

“This was actually my goddaughter’s right here,” Doyer said, picking up the burnt remains of a child’s stuffed toy.

Doyer said her parents were using their back patio for storage while they renovated their home. “It’s very sad how all of our memories — the books that we had since we were children, the little stuffed toys and projects that we had made growing up in high school and everything — are pretty much gone,” she said.

The similarities between the fires and their approximate locations to one another lead fire investigators to believe they were set by an arsonist.

No arrests have been made. There were no injuries reported in the blazes and no structures were damaged.

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