SAN JOSE -- An arsonist targeting trash bins in West San Jose apparently struck again Wednesday evening, fire officials said, but the small blaze was put out by good Samaritans before crews got there.

Firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Delna Manor Lane -- the same area they had passed out informational fliers about the arsons earlier in the day -- around 8:10 p.m.

"It was the same thing," said San Jose fire Capt. Reggie Williams. "It was a garbage bin that someone had attempted to set on fire."

He said it appeared that neighboring residents had responded and put out the fire on their own, and were still at the scene and very concerned when crews arrived.


"One of them said, 'This guy's going to kill someone one of these days,'" Williams said.

It's the ninth such fire in the area around Downing and South Bascom avenues that investigators know about. The first is believed to have been set on Sept. 26. Before Wednesday, the most recent was Monday evening.

No one has been hurt or structures damaged, but fire officials are wary that one of the small fires could easily get out of control.

Anyone with information about the fires can contact the San Jose Fire Department's arson tip line at 408-27-ARSON (27766).

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.