A week after Berkeley police arrested a man in connection with setting an arson fire on Telegraph, someone else has set two other small trash can fires, according to Berkeley police.
Police responded to a debris fire at 2915 Telegraph Avenue near Russell Street, at about 11:07 p.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, spokeswoman for the Berkeley police department. Flames were coming out of a blue recycling bin that had been stuffed with newspapers, she said.
A few hours later, around 2 am, police got a call about a garbage can on fire on in the 2900 block of Telegraph Avenue, near Ashby Avenue, said Kusmiss.
The two fires came a week after police arrested 25-year old Travis Eugene Churchill of Berkeley for allegedly setting a fire in a recycling bin in front of Sam’s Market at 2312 Telegraph Ave. He was charged with one count of arson and is being held on $50,000 bond.
At the time, of Churchill’s arrest, Kusmiss said the police thought there was a link between the fire he allegedly set outside San’s Market and eight other small fires that had been set in the city. Police were surprised by the new set of fires, she said.
Kusmiss is asking anyone with information to call the Berkeley Police Department’s property crimes unit at (510) 981-5737 or its non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900.