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Arson suspected in two overnight fires

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An RV was completely destroyed in an overnight fire. An RV was completely destroyed in an overnight fire.
A second fire in an abandoned building leads investigators to believe the same person may have set both fires. A second fire in an abandoned building leads investigators to believe the same person may have set both fires.

Arson investigators are being called in to take a look at two fires that happened just blocks from each other overnight.

Just after midnight, the Corpus Christi Fire Department (CCFD) responded to a fire at the corner of Baldwin and Cheyenne. Crews arrived to find flames coming from an RV that was parked in an empty lot used for sales and repairs. The fire was quickly put out and no one was injured.

Officials with the CCFD say they aren't sure what started the fire but witnesses reported seeing people around the RV hours before the fire started.

About an hour later, the CCFD responded to a call of another blaze about two blocks away from the first.

This fire was in an old storage building on the 3200 block of Highland Avenue. Investigators say that the building had no visible lock on it and there was a substantial amount of garbage inside the building. Investigators think that this is from people frequently going in and out of the abandoned building. 

Investigators believe the fires may be related due to the close proximity of the two fires and the small amount of time between.

"If somebody wants to set some things on fire the best we can do is get there quickly," Captain Jeff Durrwachter with the Corpus Christi Fire Department said. "Working with CCPD and our investigators, hopefully we can get ahead of them and catch them."

Arson investigators will be out at both scenes later in the morning to continue their investigations.

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