Two people arrested for allegedly setting a series of fires throughout Alameda early Sunday morning have been identified as 27-year-old Stephen Petersen and 22-year-old Andrew Gutierrez, police and fire officials said.
Petersen, of Alameda, and Gutierrez, a transient, were arrested on suspicion of setting eight fires in different locations early Sunday morning, Alameda police Lt. Jill Ottaviano said.
The fires damaged or destroyed five businesses on Park Street and displaced multiple residents from their homes, according to Alameda Fire Chief Michael D’Orazi.
Firefighters initially responded at 12:56 a.m. to the 1300 block of Regent Street to a garbage container fire.
At 1:11 a.m., firefighters responded to the 500 block of Willow Street to a report of a smell of smoke, but were unable to locate the source of the smell.
At 1:39 a.m., firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Regent Street to a house fire.
Firefighters knocked down the blaze at 2:02 a.m. The fire caused damage to the rear of the house, including one room and the attic, according to fire officials.
Fire crews were dispatched again at 2:22 a.m. to the 2200 block of San Antonio Avenue to a residential and vehicle fire that spread to a neighboring home.
That fire heavily damaged one home and caused minor damage to a neighboring residence. Firefighters extinguished the blaze at 3:14 a.m.
Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire at 2:34 a.m. Firefighters said that fire was possibly an extension from the San Antonio Avenue fire.
At 3:29 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 200 block of Encinal Avenue to a garbage can fire.
About 40 minutes later, firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire in the 1600 block of Park Street.
Firefighters said that fire involved five businesses and multiple vehicles.
Berkeley and Oakland fire crews also assisted in battling the fires, which also included a garbage container blaze at 4:39 a.m. in the 1500 block of Park Street.
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