Two new house fires break out in Fresno, one ruled arson

June 17, 2014 

A house fire that erupted early Tuesday is the latest suspected blaze in a series of arson-caused blazes in the southern portion of Fresno, and investigators continue to investigate whether the crimes are the work of a single perpetrator.

The blaze at Eighth Street and Orleans Avenue was the second of the day to break out after an earlier blaze at Butler and Orange avenues. The first was not suspicious, but investigator Don MacAlpine said the second erupted at the abandoned home, where firefighters arrive to find the house smoldering. MacAlpine said it did not appear that the fire was started by squatters.

Other fires in the downtown and southeast regions of the city are also being scrutinized for any connections. MacAlpine said investigators are working nonstop to solve the crimes and called on the public to be on alert for suspicious activity. MacAlpine said that residents would notice things out of the ordinary should call investigators at (559) 621-4440 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6339, jguy@fresnobee.com or @jimguy27 on Twitter.

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