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Five fires set in Southbridge

State and local fire officials are investigating five weekend arson fires that damaged three homes in Southbridge.

Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the state fire marshal’s office, said the first fire was set shortly before midnight Saturday. “There were several fires in the same neighborhood, all within a short period of time,” she said in an interview.

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The fires damaged homes on Cohasse Street, Oak Ridge Avenue, and Everett Street. Two small fires were also set outdoors. No one was injured and damage was “fairly minimal,” Mieth said.

“We want the public to be aware of these fires and to protect themselves by making sure the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes are working,” Southbridge Fire Chief Mark W. DiFronzo said in a prepared statement. “Neighbors should keep an eye on each other’s property and report any suspicious activity.”

The fire marshal’s office, Southbridge Fire Department, and Southbridge Police Department are all investigating.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation may call Southbridge police at 508-764-5420 or the statewide Arson Hot Line at 1-800-682-9229.

Anne Steele can be reached at anne.steele@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AnneMarie
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