Fire investigators are chasing down new leads after a string of possible arson fires in Fresno on Sunday.
The action started early around 4:00 a.m. in the Fig Garden Loop with several trash can fires, according to Koby Johns, Fire Department Spokesman.
At midday the fires moved to Downtown. Fresno Police Officers noticed a fire under a patrol vehicle at Fresno Police Headquarters around 12:30 p.m. says Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Dyer says the vehicle was his patrol car, but police don't think the Chief was targeted.
Several dumpster fires were also started close by around the same time, Johns says.
Deputy Fire Marshal Don MacAlpine says it looks like those dumpster fires and the fire under Chief Dyer's car are all connected.
Two people were arrested for different fires. One was off of 180 and another was in a field near Edison High School. Witnesses helped firefighters catch the people that may have started the fires quickly, MacAlpine says.
Both suspects are male but more information on them has not yet been released.
These are just the latest in an increase of suspicious fires in Fresno. Investigators say there have been 140 possible arson fires since May 1. They've arrested 12 people for allegedly starting some of the blazes.
"We're having good progress but unfortunately we're still having fires," MacAlpine says.
They're asking for anyone who may have seen something to give them a call at 498-STOP.
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