Arson investigators sought Wednesday to determine who deliberately sparked three late-night fires that damaged an occupied garage and three commercial trash bins in City Heights.
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The non-injury blazes erupted in quick succession in a five-block radius around Polk and Fairmount avenues shortly before midnight Tuesday, according to police and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
The largest of the fires caused an estimated $10,000 worth of damage to the exterior of a garage in the 4300 block of Polk Avenue, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said. The other two burned large garbage containers.
Witnesses reported that a group of youths appeared to have started the blazes. This morning, police detained and questioned three 18-year-olds and five minors in connection with the crimes, but released them after determining that they "had nothing to do with the fires," the spokesman said.
The group of teens did, however, provide the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team with information that could lead to the arsonists, according to Luque.
Authorities declined to disclose how the blazes were set.
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