For the first time in six days, residents of neighborhoods around downtown woke up Monday to news that no suspicious fires had occurred overnight, reports The San Jose Mercury-News.
The relatively quiet night ended a string of 12 suspicious fires over five consecutive days, including a fire Saturday morning that burned an elderly couple out of their Victorian style home.
Monday, San Jose fire officials did not offer any new information surrounding their investigation into the suspected arson fires, all of which occurred between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Firefighters have said at least eight of the fires were started intentionally.
“We’re actively and aggressively investigating, using all the resources that we have,” San Jose fire Capt. Cleo Doss said. “Through our efforts and the community’s vigilance, we hope we can get this guy off the street.”
The San Jose Police Department is assisting in the investigation and on Saturday released a sketch of the suspect, whose image has been detected by surveillance cameras and an eyewitness.
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