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MURRAY -- Fire investigators in Murray are looking for an arsonist who torched several Dumpsters and vehicles. That person also tried to light a business and a house on fire.

"I believe they're all related," said Russ Groves, the Deputy Fire Marshal for the Murray Fire Department.

On Thursday night, someone torched several Dumpsters in an industrial area at 150 West and 4800 South in Murray. Then, early Saturday morning, part of a house in the area of 4700 South and Hanauer Street caught on fire.

That blaze started in the carport. The owner didn't want to talk on camera but says firefighters got the fire out as flames reached the roof. He says he has no idea why someone would have done that.

Another fire at nearby MG Auto Sales kept firefighters busy later that morning. Someone tried to set the business on fire and torched a delivery truck parked in the parking lot.

"We had a chance of that spreading up into the eves of this building, and we could have potentially had a pretty good fire," Groves said.

A Crown Victoria was also damaged when someone threw a lawn chair underneath the car and set it on fire.

"We potentially could have had a very good fire there too," Groves said.

Fire investigators suspect the same people are behind the fires and the targets appear to be random.

"I believe they're all related. It was either one person or a group of people that have been doing these fires," Groves said.

Investigators hope to find them before they strike again.

"If you see any suspicious activity in the area, call 911 and get the police department on the way and hopefully, we can stop these arsons," Groves said.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

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