ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An arsonist hit a neighborhood in northeast Albuquerque early Tuesday morning setting five brush fires in an hour's time.
The first was reported at 1:30 a. m.; the last at 2:30 a.m. All were on Tramway Boulevard NE between Comanche Road and Montgomery Boulevard.
While investigators haven't determined exactly how the fires started, they say it's obvious they were intentionally set.
"This many fires in a short period of time is always suspicious." said Melissa Romero of the Albuquerque Fire Department.
The fires came just two days after another fire erupted in the foothills just a few blocks away.
Romero said while that fire was human-caused they have not determined if it was intentional or accidental. They also have not determined if it is connected to the Tuesday morning fires.
The fires on Tuesday burned dangerously close to several homes reaching the home's outside walls. Neighbors called the situation alarming.
"Obviously with the winds here there is a threat of them spreading to houses, my house," said Dennis Sanchez who lives just across the street from where the fires started. "It's something to be concerned about."
The area targeted Tuesday is the same area were a series of fires were set last spring and summer. Romero said those cases remain unsolved.
Fire investigators are asking the public for help in solving the cases. Anyone with information can contact the Albuquerque Police Department at 242-COPS (242-2677).
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