Joggers Stomp Out Fire Started by Unknown Suspect

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    NBC 7 San Diego

    San Diego police are searching for an unknown suspect who allegedly set a small ground fire in the Torrey Pines area Sunday morning, but whose plan was thwarted by a couple of passing joggers.

    According to San Diego Police Department officials, the incident happened around 10:40 a.m. on a path near North Torrey Pines Road at Expedition Way.

    Two joggers came upon a small ground fire that a transient had allegedly started. The joggers quickly stomped out the small blaze and called police.

    Officials said the suspect took off running and had fled the scene by the time officers arrived. There is no suspect description at this time, officials said.

    No one was injured and the fire did not burn much.

    This case comes on the heels of nearly a week of devastating fires that have ravaged San Diego County. At one point, nine separate fires burned throughout the city, destroying homes and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

    One of the most destructive fires, the Cocos Fire in San Marcos, scorched 1,995 acres and consumed more than three dozen homes. It was 85 percent contained as of Sunday morning, and by 11 a.m. all evacuations in that particular fire zone had been lifted.

    Check out a timeline of San Diego's May Firestorm here.
     

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