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Anaheim Police Continue Search For Arsonist

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(FOX 11 / CNS) Anaheim police questioned a man in connection with a series of at least three Orange County arson fires, but he was cleared of any involvement, a sergeant said today.

Police had been seeking the man for questioning, and his mother came forward after seeing media reports about the brush fires, which occurred between noon and 3:45 p.m. Monday, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.

The man, who was questioned but ultimately released, was seen at two of the three fires, and witnesses told investigators he was acting in a "bizarre'' way and mentioned "various types of fire apparatus,'' Dunn said. A witness took a photo of the man, he said.

The first blaze, which was set about noon Monday in the 7800 block of East Horizon View Drive in Anaheim, scorched three to four acres of brush, Dunn said.

The second blaze, which was set about 3 p.m. in the Copper Canyon area of Yorba Linda, reached two to three acres. The third blaze, which was set
about 3:30 p.m. at Blue Sky Road and Weir Canyon Road, scorched about an acre, Dunn said.

The fires did not pose any risk to homes or businesses, Dunn said. Anyone with information on the fires was asked to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

 

From Gigi Graciette:

Three hours and forty-five minutes. That's how long, investigators say it took an arsonist – or arsonists – to set three fires in Anaheim and nearby Yorba Linda Monday afternoon.

And while no homes were immediately threatened by the fires, they were all set in close proximity to crowded neighborhoods. Why? Who? That's what police want to know.

It certainly appeared they had a good lead when witnesses at two of the fires reported a guy acting strangely; actually bizarre was the word I believe they used. There were even reports he was heard talking about "fire apparatus".

At one of the fires, he was behaving so oddly someone took a picture of him to give to police. Turns out it was the same guy at both fires!

Police gave the picture to the media; we all put it out and his mother saw it and called police. They interviewed him and bingo! It wasn't him.

Anaheim PD gave no explanation for why he may have been at two of the three fires but stressed he's not a suspect.

Detectives will be the first to tell you they never assume anything so it's not really back to square one for them. They'll simply continue their search for clues and meanwhile, let's all hope the firebug isn't out playing with matches.

For everyone's sake.

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