SAN JOSE — The San Jose Police Department and San Jose Fire Department is on the lookout for a possible serial arsonist. According to San Jose Fire Department Officials, more than seven fires were extinguished in the Willow Glen Area within the last few days.
The first of the six fires started between 2 and 5 AM around the area of Clark Street and Dorothy Avenue. Then the expansion of fires grew with multiple dumpster fires reported near a flower shop, with a second alarm fire that jumped from an adjacent trash dumpster to the back wall of a liquor store just minutes from other dumpster fires.
San Jose Fire Fighters responded to several calls near an auto body shop at Lincoln and Parkmoor, a two-alarm blaze at a convenience store near Willow and Vine streets, and several other trash fires in the surrounding area.
The Fire Department posted on twitter, “Early morning 2 Alarm commercial structure fire at the 200 block of Willow St. E3 with aggressive interior attack held this fire to 1 unit.”
Video of the suspected arsonist has been released by the San Jose Fire Department (see below) in hopes of finding the person responsible for starting these fires. The SJFD is asking if anyone recognizes the individual in the video to please come forward.
Another structure fire was reported just days ago when a fire began next to a tool shed connected to the Assyrian Church of the East, also located in the San Jose Willow Glen area. Neighbors in the area are asked to be extremely vigilant in keeping an eye out for anything suspicious happening in their area and should report any possible criminal activity to police.