6 Suspicious Fires Burn in Chollas Creek

Six suspicious fires burned in a San Diego neighborhood overnight and now arson investigators are looking into whether they were connected to one suspect or group of suspects.

The most damaging fire occurred on Winona Avenue at Oakcrest Drive around 9:40 p.m. and burned through a utility line, cutting cable service to hundreds of customers.

Resident Stella Oryem was busy doing homework when she looked out behind her home and saw flames.

"I open the window I hear this woman, she's all yelling 'Get the kids out, get the kids out,'" Oryem said.

Palm trees, a fence and power lines were on fire right up against her apartment complex. Soon, San Diego police and firefighters were knocking on doors and evacuating residents.

There was minimal damage. No one was injured.

Then, later in the evening just up the Winona closer to Orange Avenue there was another charred fence and downed power line.

Two miles away on Blackton Drive, east of 54th Street, a vehicle trailer and its contents caught fire just before 10 p.m. Firefighters say the construction debris burned.

At 12:20 a.m., a garbage fire was reported at 54th and University close to two miles north of the Blackton Drive fire.

A recycling bin fire was reported at 2 a.m. on Rex Avenue south of University Avenue, officials said.

Michal Ray was sleeping at his home on Rex when the fire broke out.

"I don't know what kind of person goes around to do this but that was childish," Ray said.

Fifteen minutes later, a fire inside a vehicle trailer spread to nearby fence on Landis Street at Ogden Street, just two blocks south from the Rex Avenue location. 

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