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ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Escondido police arrested two teenagers Thursday night for allegedly starting at least two small brush fires.


Isaiah Silva (Photo: Escondido Police Department)

Officers arrested the pair Thursday at about 7:30 p.m. near the Westfield North County Mall   and were being questioned by arson investigators, Escondido police Chief Craig Carter said.

A witness called police after spotting two people set a fire near South EscondidoBoulevard at 6:30 p.m. About an hour later, another person called to say he was chasing two people he saw trying to start a fire in Kit Carson Park near Interstate 15 and Bear Valley Parkway, according to Escondido police.

Both fires were put out before they spread.

Police arrested 19-year-old Isaiah Silva of Escondido and a 17-year-old.

Authorities said they do not believe the suspects were involved in an of the wildfires burning throughout San Diego County.