Fullerton Police Search for Arsonist Setting Trash Bins, Cars on Fire

Four trash bin fires on Gilbert Street Tuesday appear to be connected to a series of arsons in the area since September, a Fullerton police sergeant said.

Firefighters were called to the 1200 block of North Gilbert Street about 5:15 a.m. to put out the blazes.

Since Sept. 1, the city has logged 15 fires in the area, most of which were in trash bins, according to Sgt. Jon Radus. Six of those fires have been in the 1200 block of North Gilbert Street, Radus said.

Leslie Rivera recorded the inferno engulfing the dumpster right outside her apartment.

"They were pretty out of control," she said. "My concern was all the apartments could catch on fire because they were right next to each other."

Anyone with information that would be helpful to investigators was asked to call Sgt. Kathryn Hamel at 714-738-5336. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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