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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Orange County: Authorities Locate And Clear Suspicious Fires Suspect

A man sought in connection with a series of suspicious fires Monday afternoon has been questioned and cleared as a "person of interest," authorities said.
Investigators had released a photo of a man they wanted to speak to after he was spotted by a witness near the area where the fires were started, officials said.
Firefighters responded to three fires in Anaheim and Yorba Linda that were believed to have been intentionally set Monday afternoon.
"They are still looking for a possible suspect," said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Firefighters with the Anaheim Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority responded to the three fires between noon and 3:45 p.m.
Four acres burned near East View Drive in Anaheim. A one-fourth-acre fire was set at Copper Canyon Road and Via Lomas de Yorba in Yorba Linda, and a 1-acre fire near Blue Sky Lane was also under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS, or 855-847-6227. Tips can also be submitted online at occrimestoppers.org
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