Investigation after string of suspicious fires in Vallejo

November 15, 2012 12:14:19 PM PST
Vallejo investigators are looking at a string of suspicious fires that broke out near each other in a few short hours. A bar on Tuolumne Street, a house on Alabama Street and a veterinarian's office on York Street were all set on fire.

The second fire of the night burned the Village Cocktail Lounge just before 3 a.m. Firefighters were already suspicious and then a third call came in.

"Someone was lighting fires and we are doing our best to determine who it is. We are working with the Vallejo police department currently, with our investigative team and we are doing the best we can to find the suspects," said Vallejo Fire Dept. Batt. Chief Raymond Jackson.

The first fire was at a vacant home on Alabama Street at about 8:30 last night, then the Village Cocktail Lounge after closing time around 3 a.m. and then at 7:25 a.m. a third fire was reported at a pet clinic. The busy night is just part of a disturbing trend that has been going on for awhile now.

"Over the last six to eight months we have had fires with a similar M.O. They are sporadic in terms of time, day or night, days of the week, etc. So there is no real specific pattern that we are finding," said Jackson.

The fires keep happening at empty buildings, suggesting that the arsonist doesn't want to hurt anyone, but the owner of the pet hospital said someone usually sleeps in a residential part of the building. That person just wasn't their last night. And firefighters say there are always the people next door to think about, like the four members of the Bertulfo family who were asleep next door to the animal clinic when the fire started.

"Hopefully the people who are causing those fires actually get found and face consequences for what they are doing," said Erin Bertulfo of Vallejo.

Nobody has been hurt. The fires do look similar in nature and authorities have not released any information about a possible suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact the Vallejo police at (707) 648-4565.


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