SAN JOSE -- For the first time in six days, residents of neighborhoods around downtown woke up Monday to news that no suspicious fires had occurred overnight.
The relatively quiet night ended a string of 12 suspicious fires over five consecutive days, including a blaze Saturday morning that burned an elderly couple out of their Victorian style home.
Monday, San Jose fire officials did not offer any new information surrounding their investigation into the suspected arson fires, all of which occurred between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Firefighters have said at least eight of the fires were started intentionally.
"We're actively and aggressively investigating, using all the resources that we have," San Jose fire Capt. Cleo Doss said. "Through our efforts and the community's vigilance, we hope we can get this guy off the street."
The San Jose Police Department is assisting in the investigation and on Saturday released a sketch of the suspect, whose image has been detected by surveillance cameras and an eyewitness.
Doss emphasized that people should be extra cognizant of suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and should call 911 if they see any suspicious activity.
"Do not attempt to confront anyone that seems suspicious," Doss said. "We don't know what this person is capable of."
The most recent suspicious fires two occurred overnight Sunday morning, one in the first block of South 24th Street around 1:55 a.m. and the other in the area of South 26th and East San Antonio streets around 5 a.m., according to fire Capt. Rob Brown.
The second fire was in the rear lot at the rear Greater Saint John Baptist Church, the same place where a suspicious fire was set on Wednesday. A mobile trailer used for Sunday school and other activities was targeted twice.
Firefighters did respond to a blaze Monday morning at a home in a neighborhood near Alum Rock Park. An outside deck caught fire at about 5:22 a.m. at a home in the 17000 block of Crothers Drive. Firefighters believe the cause of that blaze was accidental.
Firefighters have previously offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arsonist's arrest, and had released a sketch of the suspect.
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