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Four suspicious fires put out in Santa Rosa

Four small suspicious fires broke out in west Santa Rosa Monday, at a local market, apartment complex and near a PG&E substation, said a Santa Rosa fire official.

Santa Rosa police and fire officers are investigating the fires, which burned two dumpsters and two spots of grass, said Battalion Chief Mike Jones.

The Piner Road area was the site of numerous suspicious fires lit last spring.

Firefighters on Monday were called to the Rancho Mendoza supermarket at about 2:40 p.m. They found a small dumpster fire behind the business.

The firefighters spotted a surveillance camera and asked store officials to view the tape. It showed a person standing at the dumpster with flames beginning to show, said Jones.

At 4:01 p.m. firefighters were called back to the Piner Road area, this time a few blocks away to the Bay Village apartments for another dumpster fire. The flames scorched some nearby trees, but otherwise damage was limited.

Then at 4:19 p.m. they were called to two grass fires at Ridley Avenue and Guerneville Road.

The fires were in dry grass near a PG&E substation, Jones said.

They were quickly doused and caused only the loss of the grass.

Firefighters considered them suspicious because they were close together and occurred at the same time.

“It was the same general area where we had so many (suspicious fires) last time, some in the Bay Village Circle, Piner Road corridor. It could be coincidental but it also seems to fit the pattern of the same person who was doing this before,” said Jones.

No one was ever arrested in connection with the springtime fires.

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