Vehicle Fire Could Be Linked to Arsons

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Investigators said they are are looking into whether an arson fire that destroyed a vehicle early Monday is connected to a string of suspicious fires in Medford over the past week.

The fire happened just before 2:30 a.m. Monday at 24 N. Orange Street. Crews said a pickup truck parked at the curb was fully engulfed in flames before firefighters were able to put out the fire. Investigators said they found some kind of fire accelerant on the passenger side of the pickup, and are calling the fire arson.

It is the eighth suspected arson in Medford in the past week, including five set in alleys on Wednesday, a fire behind the Safeway in the Medford Center on Friday morning, and another alley fire on Saturday. All but one of the fires were set early in the morning, and crews are not ruling out that Monday’s vehicle fire is connected.

“It’s a little bit different signature from the other fires,” Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg said of Monday’s fire. “A lot of the other fires were in alleys, they included vegetation. So we’re not ruling it out as being related, but it’s a little different.”

Monday’s fire occurred just a few doors down from West Main Auto Sales, which found one of its pickups set on fire in October 2010.