Four homes were damaged Sunday morning in San Jose when they were intentionally set on fire, a police sergeant said. Police scheduled an afternoon news conference to discuss the overnight fires. The news conference is supposed to happen at the location of fire No. 4 although police would not say why.
Officers responded to a possible arson fire at 1:13 a.m. in the 1700 block of Magnolia Tree Court near Fair Avenue, Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said. Someone attempted to burn two houses in a cul-de-sac there.
No suspects were found.
An hour later, at about 2:15 a.m., a California Highway Patrol officer was stopped near the South 11th Street on-ramp near Interstate Highway 280 when the officer observed a house in the 800 block of South 11th Street on fire. The CHP officer saw two possible suspects, but they got away, Lopez said.
Then, at about 4:35 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Jennings Drive on a report of another fire at a home that appeared to have been intentionally set.
Damage to all the homes was minor.
"We do not know if they are connected. They are under investigation," Lopez said.
How the homes were burned isn't being disclosed due to the ongoing investigation and because police are trying to follow leads, Lopez said. Police are working with the San Jose Fire Department arson investigators on the cases.
Anyone with any information about the fires is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department at (408) 277-5339.