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Man suspected of starting fire caught after lighting second blaze

Posted at 7:18 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 10:18:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A man suspected of starting a fire that burned a parked SUV in Pacific Beach was taken into custody after firefighters spotted him setting another blaze a few blocks away.

At around 11 p.m. Thursday, San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were called to the 1800 block of Thomas Avenue in response to an SUV on fire.

Responding firefighters quickly put out the flames, but as they cleaned up the scene, the crews received a call regarding another fire being set a few blocks away in the 1600 block of Hornblend Street.

When crews arrived on Hornblend Street, they saw a man lighting cardboard on fire in an alley.

Firefighters contacted San Diego police, and officers arrived to detain the man. During questioning, the man reportedly confessed to starting the vehicle fire on Thomas Avenue.

Fire and police investigators are looking into the incidents.