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Rash of Southbridge arson continues with 3 fires

Three fires set in a Southbridge neighborhood on Friday night are believed to have been lit by the same person or group of people responsible for a series of fires there three weeks ago, state fire officials said.

Southbridge firefighters responded to a blaze at a three-family home at 26 Cohasse St. at 10:30 p.m. Once they were at the scene, they discovered two additional fires, at a three-family home at 25 Cohasse St. and a nearby commercial building at 248 Elm St.

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No one was injured in any of the fires, according to Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for the state fire marshal’s office. She said she did not have a dollar estimate of the damage.

Mieth said the fires occurred at about the same time of night and in the same neighborhood as five arson fires late on April 12 and early on April 13. Southbridge authorities have increased patrols in the area, she said.

Southbridge police and fire officials are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the culprits. Anyone with a tip can call Southbridge police at 508-764-5420 or the statewide Arson Hot Line at 1-800-682-9229.

Zolan Kanno-Youngs can be reached at Zolan.kanno-youngs@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kannoyoungs.
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