Four families are without homes, and a community is in shock, after arsonists tore through a seven-block radius of Alameda early Sunday, torching houses, businesses, cars and trash bins, reports sfgate.com.
Two men, ages 27 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with eight fires that firefighters rushed to extinguish between 1 and 5 a.m., said Alameda police Lt. Jill Ottaviano. The suspects were not immediately identified.
“There was a lot of running around last night,” Ottaviano said. “We’ve had arsons before, but in the 18 years I’ve been here, nothing like this.”
At least five businesses were affected from the three-alarm fire, which firefighters said was lit in an alley behind the shopping area.
The brash string of intentionally set fires had firefighters from multiple East Bay agencies scrambling early Sunday. The first call came in at 12:56 a.m. after someone set a trash can on fire on the 1300 block of Regent Street. Crews contained the blaze but soon got a call at 1:11 a.m. about the smell of smoke on the 500 block of Willow Street. Authorities did not locate any fire, but, at 1:39 a.m., they were diverted to a blaze burning in the back of a two-story, single-family home on the 1100 block of Regent Street, Colburn said.
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