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Help sought solving D.C. car fires

Washington Post Editors

D.C. fire investigators have asked the public to help them solve the case of several vehicle fires that have caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage in Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant since August.

While several cars and trucks have been set afire throughout the District since Aug. 24, local authorities say many of them were reported near the Woodner Apartments at 3636 16th St. NW.

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Firefighters on Aug. 25 found two parked cars "fully engulfed" in flames on 16th St. NW. (Gerald Martineau/Post)

The investigation is focusing on an area between Georgia Avenue and 16th Street NW, and Columbia Road and Arkansas Avenue NW, where at least five suspicious fires have occurred and others are believed to have been set, authorities said.

Investigators believe a group may be involved, and ask anybody with information to call the arson tipline at 202.67 ARSON (202-673-2776) or the toll-free Crime Solvers confidential hotline at 1-800-673-2777.

No connection other than time and place has been established in the fires, which took place mainly overnight and have caused no injuries, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and EMS department.

-- Spencer S. Hsu

By Washington Post Editors  | September 28, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Spencer S. Hsu, The District  
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