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Chula Vista Police investigating series of fires over the weekend

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Sep 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 02:21:08-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- The Chula Vista Police Department is investigating a series of suspicious fires over the weekend.

According to the department, the activity began on September 17, when a series of fires broke out in East Chula Vista. Crews were called to the fires beginning at 3:30 a.m.

The department says four separate fires sparked within a 30-minute window on Lake Crest Drive, Eastlake Parkway, Telegraph Canyon Road, and East J Street.

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On September 19, a fire erupted at a Veterans Park playground. Video from the scene showed the raging blaze and an explosion at the playground. Fire officials are investigating the fire at the Veterans Park Community Center as suspicious.

Police are also investigating a fire that started on September 20 on the 1300 block of Martin Place. According to fire officials, residents in the home woke up to find their backyard fence on fire.

“As of this latest one, we have now requested our PD liaison because there seems to be a trend and we want to get to the bottom of this,” said Captain Linda D’Orsi, Public Information Officer for the Chula Vista Fire Department.

Captain D’Orsi said they have not found anything left behind at each scene and have not found any witnesses with information on people in the area.

“No obvious evidence left at the scene, no matches no flares,” she said.

She added that anyone with information is asked to call the Chula Vista Police Department non emergency line at 619-691-5151.

“We just want the community to be aware and be willing to provide information if they have any,” said Captain D’Orsi.

See the map below for locations on all the blazes: