Arson was suspected in a series of four fires reported in Pasadena on Sunday evening, including two that left homes badly damaged, authorities said.
The first fire was reported about 5:40 p.m. at Chester Avenue and Corson Street, according to police and fire officials.
Flames caused major damage to the home, but no injuries were reported, city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The second fire was reported just after 6 p.m. at Holliston Avenue and Corson Street, one block to the east.
Another home sustained significant damage, although not as extensive as the first blaze, Derderian said.
In the hours that followed, two more fires ignited, resulting in only minor damage, Pasadena police Lt. Mario Ortiz said.
One occurred at a construction site in the 700 block of East Walnut Street, and the other ignited outside a home in the 1800 block of Locust Street, according to the lieutenant.
“There’s evidence of arson,” Ortiz said in respect to all four cases.
Ortiz said investigators were checking area surveillance cameras in hopes of developing information regarding a suspect or suspects.
No injuries were reported.
No further details were available as the investigation remained in its early stages.
The Hill Avenue offramp of the eastbound 210 Freeway was shut down as authorities continued working at the scene Sunday night.
Extended incident/investigation: PFD is working two fires that are knocked down but under investigation. The first is on the 300 blk. of N Chester and the second fire is around the corner at Chester and Hill. E/B 210/Hill Ave. off ramp is shut down due to incident. @PasadenaGov
— Pasadena Fire Dept. (@PasadenaFD) October 18, 2021
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