San Jose Fire Investigators Search For Serial Arsonist Who Targets Dumpsters

The arsonist has targeted Dumpsters and surrounding bushes.

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    San Jose fire investigators need the public's help in finding the arsonist who touched off a string of trash bin fires in West San Jose over the past couple of weeks - the latest one Monday evening.

    According to the Mercury News, the fires targeted Dumpsters and bushes, first noticed on Sept. 30 and have since grown to at least six other blazes near Downing Avenue off South Bascom Avenue.

    A trash bin fire was quickly put out shortly after the 7:25 p.m. Monday fire on the 1100 block of Delna Manor Lane was called in. That's a block away from Downing and South Bascom, according to the newspaper.

    The fires, which have burned up the bins and nearby bushes have caused no serious property damage, had previously been spotted on weekends, but that is the only discernible pattern, fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez told the newspaper.

    No witnesses come forward, which is something arson investigators hope will change, given the potential for greater damage in a future fire.

    The San Jose Fire Department's arson tip line at 408-27-ARSON (27766).