August 29, 2014 8:12 am
Updated: August 29, 2014 8:17 am

Arsonist strikes in central Edmonton

Edmonton firefighters extinguish a garage fire police believe was set by an arsonist, Friday, August 30, 2014.

Dave Carels, Global News

EDMONTON – Police and fire crews were kept busy Friday morning battling and investigating several fires in central Edmonton.

At around 3:45 a.m., crews were called to a garage fire near 101 St. and 108 Ave. The flames spread to a dumpster and power pole. The garage was abandoned.

Several nearby residents were temporarily evacuated as a precaution. They were let back inside their homes within the hour.

At around the same time, another crew responded to a separate dumpster fire.

Both fires were extinguished quickly.

There were also reports of fires at two other nearby locations.

Edmonton police say they are treating all of the fires as criminal.

The arson unit is working with Edmonton Fire Rescue investigators to discover whether the fires are linked.

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