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Two Fires Set Along Fresno Freeways

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

The Fresno Fire Department is investigating two fires set Monday evening along freeways near Downtown Fresno, as well as a third fire that started in southeast Fresno around the same time.

One of the fires was along Freeway 180, east of Freeway 99.  Investigators say that one was started in 3 spots.  The other fire wasn't too far away; it was along Freeway 99, just south of the 180.  That one had 2 ignition points, according to the fire department.

There was a third fire around the same time near California & Cedar in southeast Fresno.

A battalion chief says no one was burned in these fires, but that one person was taken to a hospital after breathing too much smoke.  He added that the timing and location of these fires fits a pattern they're investigating.

In the last month, firefighters have responded to numerous fires in downtown Fresno, south Fresno, and southeast Fresno.  Several businesses and abandoned buildings have burned.  In at least one building, a gas line had been severed from a water heater connector, and the gas knob was left in the "on" position.

The Fresno Fire Department hopes people will report suspicious activity.  If you see someone setting a fire, you should call 911 immediately.

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