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City Councilman Distributes Sketch Of Arson Suspect and Warns Residents To Safeguard Property

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A San Jose city councilman today warned residents to be on the lookout for a serial arsonist who started up to a dozen fires at homes and buildings in the city since Wednesday.

City Councilman Sam Liccardo today spearheaded an effort to stop the arsonist by distributing flyers with a sketch of the man and asking people to take preventative measures to safeguard their homes and property.

“We’ll be knocking on doors and passing out multi-language flyers throughout our affected Downtown neighborhoods to distribute the image of the arson suspect,” Liccardo said in a statement.

Liccardo, who also passed out batteries for smoke detectors, met with residents at 17th and Santa Clara streets, just blocks from where two of the most recent arson fires were set early this morning.

The first fire, which was extinguished by residents before firefighters arrived, was reported at about 1:55 a.m. in the first block of South 24th Street, fire Capt. Barry Ehlers said.

A second s fire was reported in a parking lot behind Great Saint John Baptist Church, located at South 26th and East San Antonio streets, at about 5 a.m., Ehlers said.

A trailer in the lot, which had been damaged in a suspicious fire set on Wednesday, was damaged again before firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the blaze, Ehlers said.

No one was injured in either fire.

Liccardo asked for residents who have exterior floodlights or porch lights to keep them on throughout the night, as the majority of the suspicious fires have been set in the early morning hours.

“All the arson fires have happened very early in the morning, and most have started in dark, unlit areas,” he said.

The city councilman called the fires “crimes of opportunity,” and asked residents to clear cardboard, dead vegetation and any ignitable materials from their yards.

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