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Rash of arson fires probed in Marin County

January 10, 2012 |  2:14 pm

Police and fire officials are investigating a spree of minor arsons in northern Marin County, where more than 50 fires have been set in trash cans and fields around Novato since the weekend.

The most significant fire burned about a half-acre of grassland, the Marin Independent Journal reported Tuesday.

Others burned small patches of brush or were lit but failed to catch on. The only property damage since the fires began Saturday has been to a yard fence and a utility pole that were near a Dumpster set ablaze.

Fire crews have jumped from one incident to the next, working overnight the last several days. As of Tuesday morning, officials had not identified a suspect and were planning to offer a reward for information leading to an arrest, the newspaper reported.

"As far as a cause, we don't have any obvious signs of what's being used to ignite these fires," a Novato police captain told the Independent Journal.


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