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Rash Of Early Morning Fires Deemed Suspicious

By KBJR News 1

May 22, 2012 Updated May 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - A rash of early morning fires has authorities believing there could be an arsonist on the loose.

Shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters were called to 19 North 66Th Avenue West for a garage that was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters were able to put out the blaze, but everything in the garage was destroyed, including two vehicles.

Officials say the garage fire was the third fire of the morning, all of which occurred within three blocks of each other.

"A little after two-o'clock we had a camper on fire and another vehicle and then we had this garage with two vehicles outside that were both fully consumed," says the Duluth Fire Department's Acting Assistant Fire Chief, Jarry Keppers.

The garage fire burned power lines down, causing a loss of power in the neighborhood. Fire crews had to work around the hazardous downed wires. Minnesota Power is working to restore power to the area.

Arson investigators and K-9 units were called in to search for a possible suspect.

Total damages for the string of arson fires are expected to exceed $31,000.

Danyel Piecek

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