American flag in yard set on fire

July 21, 2009 9:54:53 AM PDT
Police in Palo Alto responded to a report of a small fire Friday to find someone had set fire to an American flag on display outside a home.

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Police were dispatched to a fire at the intersection of West Meadow Drive and Park Boulevard around 9:30 p.m., said Agent Max Nielepko, a police spokesman.

"They helped put it out and noticed it was an American flag on a pole with a little eagle on the top," he said.

Nobody was in the area at the time. While police are investigating a string of small fires set in the Barron Park area in recent months, Nielepko said the home is some distance away from that area.

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