The Fresno Fire Department believes it is battling a serial arsonist. At a budget hearing on Tuesday, Fresno Fire Department Chief Kerri Donis said the fire and police departments are investigating 21 fires that have occurred in the city since May.
Most of the fires occurred in vacant buildings in downtown Fresno. In one building, a severed gas line appears to have been left in the “on” position. Fire Department spokesman Koby Johns has confirmed that geographical and chronological factors appear to connect at least 4 of the fires.