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* Hunt For Novato Arsonist Continues

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Authorities in Novato continue to seek the arsonist who police believe sparked more than 50 small fires between last Saturday night and  Monday morning, a police captain said today.  Fifty-seven fires were set between 9 p.m. Saturday and Monday morning at sites throughout town including the Cheda Knolls area, South Novato Boulevard near Redwood Boulevard, Sunnybrae Lane near Seascape Drive, Redwood Boulevard and Briarwood Court, police Capt. Jim Berg said.

The fires did not reach any homes, but damaged a PG&E pole and a perimeter fence in the Seascape Village neighborhood. Berg said all but the first blaze — which was lit in a Dumpster — were brushfires set at night or in the early morning.  One batch of fires set Saturday night and early Sunday morning were located about 20 feet away from an apartment complex, while the rest were concentrated in open space areas, police said.

“We’re fortunate that there has been a relatively small threat to structures but any of those fires could have grown to threaten (homes) and engulf them,” Berg said. He noted that the string of fires have followed “a very unusual pattern of arson behavior”.  Although Novato police and fire officials are following leads in the case, they have yet to locate a suspect.

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