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Aug 19, 2014 6:29 PM by Janine Reyes

Fire Bug Torched House, Trailer Overnight

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Investigators say it's just too much of a coincidence, two fires set really close to each other sparked at about the same time.

The first burned a home on Mansheim early this morning. While firefighters responded to that blaze, another one broke out a few blocks away on a mattress on a flatbed trailer.

Crews put both fires out quickly. Firefighters say its very likely the same person set both fires, and its likely someone taking a random opportunity to cause some trouble.

Firefighters don't necessarily want you to worry, but, it is the final days of summer and these things do happen more often when people have more downtime, so you do need to be vigilant.

they're trying to use up those last opportunities of summer so they may even be out later when no one else is out watching.>

Captain James Brown with the Corpus Christi Fire Department says someone set the fires crews responded to early this morning.

"It was only a block away so maybe it was within the route that someone was taking," Brown said.

In fact, en route to the home on fire, crews saw a trailer in flames and sent backup to put those out.

Back at the house, a gutted sofa and melted trash and recycle bins show where flames spread.

"You have a piece of furniture out front, maybe you want to move that away from the house so maybe if that's burned, it doesn't set the house on fire," Brown suggested.

The homeowners tell us they do not have working fire alarms, so they were very fortunate that someone passing by saw the flames and woke them up.

"If no one would have woke the up, very well, it could have turned in to something much more tragic," Brown said.

Fortunately they do have insurance for their home and burnt items.

While you can't install burglar bars or an alarm system to keep fire from invading your home, Brown says you can make your house less of a target for arson.

"Sometimes you can remove those things that someone may see as an opportunity, such as your trash cans, maybe you want to put them in the back, behind the gate instead of leaving them out in front," said Brown.

Firefighters say that unlike the crime of burglary or theft, there are often no fingerprints that can lead them to an arsonist, but, if anyone knows who may have done this or saw something, call CrimeStoppers at (361) 888-8477.

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