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Arson suspect in custody after witnesses call in series of small fires

Santa Rosa police arrested a suspect in a series of arson fires early Wednesday after reports of multiple fires set in the northwest neighborhoods of the city.

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect, who was located by Santa Rosa Fire Department investigators after authorities received tips from witnesses.

Firefighters responded to the first of multiple reports of vegetation fires shortly after 6 a.m. on Guerneville Road just east of Ridley Avenue, according to a news release from fire department officials.

Reports of two more fires came in the next 30 minutes and fire investigators and police found a fourth fire just before 7 a.m. along the SMART train tracks in the area of Central Avenue and Carrillo Street.

Investigators soon located the suspect, who was taken into custody by police.

All fires were small and quickly extinguished by firefighters. There were no threats to structures in the area and no injuries reported.

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