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Three suspected arson fires reported in West Duluth overnight

Duluth fire crews responded to three suspected arson fires within blocks of each other in West Duluth early this morning. According to a Duluth Fire Department news release, the first call - a report of an RV fully engulfed in flames at 115 S. 65...

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An early morning fire destroyed a garage and two vehicles at 19 N. 66th Ave. W on Tuesday. It was the third suspected arson fire reported in the area within an hour. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Duluth fire crews responded to three suspected arson fires within blocks of each other in West Duluth early this morning.

According to a Duluth Fire Department news release, the first call - a report of an RV fully engulfed in flames at 115 S. 65th Avenue West - came in at 2:04 a.m. The RV was destroyed.

Crews were just finishing up extinguishing that blaze when a second fire was reported at 2:56 a.m. In that case, a pickup truck was reported burning one-and-a-half blocks from the first blaze, at the corner of Polk Street and 65th Avenue West.

Eight minutes later, at 3:04 a.m., Duluth police reported a larger fire in a garage behind the home at 19 N. 66th Ave. West. That fire destroyed the garage and two cars parked close by. It also burned power lines and caused some homes in the area to lose power for a time.

Combined damage from the three fires was estimated to exceed $31,000.

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Investigators from the Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Duluth Fire Department responded to the scenes of the fires.

There have been a string of garage fires in Duluth in recent weeks. On May 7, a garage fire at 19 N. 62nd Ave. W caused an estimated $85,000 in damage. On May 1, a fire destroyed a three-car garage at 1919 E. Superior St. And on April 24, a two-car garage burned at 4609 W. Fifth St.

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