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Rash of suspicious fires hit East Sacramento

Two more suspicious fires in East Sacramento were extinguished early Thursday, the latest in a rash of fires along Folsom Boulevard.

At least a half dozen fires recently have erupted along Folsom Boulevard between 52nd and 56th streets. Many of the fires have occurred in dumpsters or in rubbish.

The most recent fires occurred in rapid succession early Thursday at an AutoZone dumpster at 5501 Folsom Blvd., and at an outbuilding at The Shack restaurant at 5201 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla said the department cannot rule out arson in either case.

Padilla said firefighters were called to the fire at AutoZone about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The fire began in a dumpster and quickly spread to a tree and then to a nearby house.

“This is the second time this has happened to this home, where a fire has started in the AutoZone lot and spread to the home,” Padilla said.

Padilla said that while firefighters were at the AutoZone blaze, they got word of a fire at a small building detached from The Shack. It appears that the fire started on the exterior and spread to the detached shed, Padilla said.

“We cannot say that all these fires are related,” Padilla said. “But arson investigators are looking into it. It is suspicious to have this amount of rubbish or dumpster fires within such a close proximity.”

Padilla is asking Sacramento residents to call 311 if they have information that might lead to solving the string of fires.

In April, another string of fires erupted in East Sacramento, scorching several homes. Padilla said he could not confirm if the most recent blazes are connected to the April fires.