Crews extinguish several 'suspicious' fires in Carthage

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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