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Oakland Fire Officials Suspect Arson In Five Suspicious Fires

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Five suspicious fires in East Oakland early this morning are believed to stem from acts of arson, Oakland fire officials said.

The blazes occurred along the International Boulevard corridor between 22nd and 31st avenues between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. today, according to fire officials.

One fire caused heavy damage at a residence, another caused external damage at a warehouse and a third blaze ignited a vehicle, resulting in a total loss, fire officials said.

In addition, two separate debris piles were ignited but no additional damage resulted from those incidents, according to fire officials.

Fire investigator Maria Sabatini said fire officials are working with the Oakland Police Department to try to find surveillance footage to help with the investigation into the fires.

Fire officials credited the crew from Fire Station 13 at 1225 Derby Avenue for identifying two of the fires while it was returning to the station from a previous incident.

Sabatini said in a statement, “Their swift action to respond to these structure fires prevented them from becoming more damaging and possibly life-threatening.”

Oakland Fire Department officials said anyone with information about the fires should call their fire investigations unit at (510) 238-4031.

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