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Officials searching for serial arsonist believed to be in Phoenix area

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PHOENIX — Law enforcement officials are searching for a serial arsonist who has been setting fires near central Phoenix for the past few weeks.

According to Capt. Rob McDade with the Phoenix Fire Department, an unidentified man has been setting fires in the areas between State Route 51 and 40th Street and Indian School to McDowell roads.

Officials are contributing the man with lighting anywhere from eight to 20 fires.

The square portion of the map is where fire officials say the serial arsonist has struck over the past three to five weeks. (Google Maps screenshot)

McDade told KTAR News 92.3 FM the fires have been set pretty consistently in that area for the past three to five weeks.

The fires started with trash cans in allies, but have progressed to dumpsters near buildings and debris outside of buildings.

Some of these fires, McDade said, have been so massive that they have set nearby buildings a blaze.

No one has been injured as a result of the fires, but McDade said he is worried that could soon change.

“We’re concerned that this individual will keep doing those behaviors and someone will get injured or killed.”

McDade said the only consistent description officials have gotten from witnesses is that he is a male.

Anyone with information about this man’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. There is also a $1,000 reward for information, McDade said.

KTAR News’ Jeremy Foster contributed to this report.


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