TAMPA--Tampa Fire Rescue responded to three arson fires in just under an hour Monday morning. A neighbor called in at 5:47 a.m. to report flames a home at 3809 Highlands Ave. North. The second call came in just 45 minutes later for a home at 3810 N. Tampa St. Just nine minutes after that, a home at 3802 Arlington St was also on fire.
Fire rescue immediately set up a perimeter to search for the suspect from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to Florabraska, and from Florida Ave. to Highlands Ave. One witness reported seeing someone walking briskly from the scene of one of the fires. Investigators also used police dogs and helicopters to search the area for a suspect.
The Arson Task Force, consisting of Tampa Fire Rescue, Tampa Police, and the State Fire Marshall is assisting in the investigation.
All of the homes appeared to be vacant.
"Thankfully, no one was living in any of these homes," said Tampa Police spokesperson, Laura McElroy. "So we're not dealing with any injuries, but we do have an arsonist who's set three fires in the span of one hour."
Fire fighters were able to extinguish all three fires before they spread to nearby homes. No injuries have been reported. The Arson Task Force is working to determine how the fires were started.
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