Three cases of arson -- two which went to two-alarms -- in Hampden yesterday and last night may have been set by the same person, a city fire department spokesman said today.
"We don't know if they're related, but they very well could be," Capt. Patrick P. Flynn said of the three fires set on Darby, 37th and Cairnes streets.
The first fire was reported about 4 a.m. yesterday, when firefighters were called to a two-alarm fire in the 3000 block of Darby St. The fire spread to the exterior of three adjacent buildings and forced several people to evacuate their homes.
Police said some of the homes that were damaged were the original mill homes built along the Jones Falls in the late 1800s.
Then, about 9:10 p.m., there was a garage fire at 3711 Cairnes St. Damage to the structure was minor, Flynn said.
About 30 minutes later, a fire, which eventually went to two alarms, started on a wooden porch at the rear of the 1000 block of W. 37th St. The blaze spread to the exteriors of the houses at two adjacent homes.
Flynn said the structural damage was $52,000, with $14,000 in damage to the contents of the home where the fire began.
The first alarm was called in at 9:42 p.m., the second at 9:47 p.m. The fire was brought under control at 10:25 p.m. and no injuries were reported.