- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - Authorities in Medford, Oregon, say they’re growing increasingly worried about a string of fires that may be the work of an arsonist.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (https://is.gd/2M1Jz3 ) that police say 13 suspicious fires over the past three weeks may have started with the June 25 blaze that leveled a former fruit-packing plant downtown.

While that fire hasn’t yet been ruled an arson, police say there are too many similarities between it and a dozen other fires to ignore. The fruit-packing plant fire has been determined to be human-caused.

Lt. Mike Budreau says the fires are being set from the exterior of buildings right along alleys.

Most have been set in the early morning. Police think the arsonist is traveling by foot.

An owner says the building gutted in late June was worth an estimated $366,000.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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