Arson Investigators Probing Christmas Tree Fires In Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CBS) — Fire investigators have had their hands full with dozens of intentionally set Christmas tree fires.

Officials say as many as 60 fires have been set in the past several days involving Christmas trees that have been left on the curb for trash pick up, KNX 1070’s Ron Killgore reports.

“The risk of the public being hurt, victims being burned in these fires from the fire venturing into their home which is a very real possibility,” Long Beach Fire Arson Capt. Pat Wills said.

No injuries have been reported.

The city of Long Beach will stop collecting the trees Saturday.

The Christmas tree arson fires and not related to the Central Long Beach fire of last May, officials said.

Investigators are following up on leads but are asking for the public’s help.

Anyone with information should call the Long Beach Fire Department’s Arson Tip hotline at (562) 570-2582.


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