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Portland Police, Fire investigate string of suspicious fires
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

Portland Police and Fire Departments are investigating a string of suspicious fires in the East Deering neighborhood, which all occurred early Tuesday morning.

Police said the six fires all happened within a little more than an hour and a half of each other, and all of them involve trash being burned.

They occurred at six different locations. The first fire was reported at 1:50 a.m. when trash was set on fire at 970 Baxter Blvd.

The second fire was at 2:15 a.m. in Payson Park and involved a pile of discarded Christmas trees being collected for eventual disposal.

Four additional fires were discovered at 3:25 a.m. in dumpsters and trash cans in the area. Dumpsters at 2 West Presumpscot Street, 500 Washington Avenue, and 9 Veranda Street were damaged by fire. \

Trash outside 15 Randall Street was also set fire.

All of the fires were quickly extinguished by the Portland Fire Department. There are no injuries and no damage to any structures. All of these cases are actively being investigated.

"It's a very unusual circumstance to have that many fires -- six fires reported within about a two-hour period, an hour and a half period, in such a small geographic area, that we're working on the assumption that they are connected and probably perpetrated by the same person or group of people," said Assistant Police Chief Vernon Malloch.

Portland Police urge people to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and they ask people to remove any trash that may be outside their house.


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