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A woman surveys her damaged garage after it caught fire in Carthage early Wednesday morning.
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A truck fire in Carthage is one of several fires that officials are calling suspicious.
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The truck that was up in flames in Carthage early Wednesday morning.
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A look at the truck that caught fire in Carthage Wednesday.
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The gas tank of a car was set on fire in Carthage Wednesday.
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Fire crews at the scene of a series of fires in Carthage Wednesday morning.
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CINCINNATI - Officials are investigating a series of suspicious fires in Carthage and Elmwood Place, which broke out early Wednesday morning.

Cincinnati Fire Department called in an extra fire inspector to help determine the causes of the fires and if they are connected.

Firefighters first responded to a vehicle fire at the intersection of 68th Street and Fairpark Avenue around 2 a.m. While they were there, crews heard an explosion. Upon investigation, the explosion was caused by a nearby garage fire.

Crews then battled the blaze at the garage located at 170 Red Eagle Way. Fire crews extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes, but didn't have long until another fire needed their attention.

Another garage just down the street went up in flames. Crews were able to save most of that building. 

While crews investigated the vehicle fire, they found what appeared to be a second vehicle that someone attempted to set on fire.

Officials are calling the fires suspicious and are working to find a possible suspect. Damage so far is estimated at $20,000 total.

There is at least one fire in the Elwood Place area, however, officials have not released details about that fire.

Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for updates as they become available.
 

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