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UPDATE: San Diego County DA says a man arrested in Oceanside is accused of starting 100 acre fire that started in San Luis Rey riverbed. Alberto Serrato has been charged with arson. DA says he allegedly tossed brush onto burning fire.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police in a city north of San Diego say they have arrested two people for investigation of arson in connection with two small fires that were extinguished within minutes.
Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin said Friday that a 17-year-old youth and a 19-year-old man were arrested Thursday evening after receiving calls from residents who reported seeing them start two separate blazes near a mall.
Griffin says that while officials are looking into all possibilities regarding the start of 10 major fires in San Diego County this week, authorities have found no evidence linking the two to the large blazes that have burned thousands of acres and a number of homes.