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Posted: Dec 26, 2012 6:13 PM

Updated: Dec 26, 2012 7:17 PM

CAMERON COUNTY - Fire officials are investigating a rash of fires across Cameron County.

Firefighters have been dispatched to seven blazes in six days. Officials said some of those blazes may have been intentionally set.

"Since Friday we've had approximately seven fires out in the county," Cameron County Fire Chief Humberto Barrera said. He said half of those blazes were arson.

The latest suspicious blaze happened in Rio Hondo, Barrera said. The fire scorched 10 acres of brush and threatened several properties before it was doused.

"That fire did pose a threat to the surrounding communities, it did pose a threat to the Village Apartments in Rio Hondo and it did damage thousands of dollars worth of fencing," Barrera said.

The fires at two abandoned homes are also being investigated as arson, Barrera said.

One of those fires happened on Mile 3 North Road, near La Feria.

"Our concern is that it may be some homeless people going in there and trying to stay warm. They start up a fire to stay warm, take off in the morning or halfway through the night they doze off and they open their eyes and these houses are on fire," Barrera said.

The fires happened days after a rash of fires in Brownsville, officials said. The fires at two vacant structures last week were ruled arson.

"If some body is out there lighting some of these fires, it's real important that we apprehend them before they start the next fire," Barrera said.

No one has been injured in the city or county fires, officials said. But that could change if the people responsible are not arrested, he said.

"It's very serious, and a lot of times it can be deadly," Barrera said.

Topics: fire, humberto barrera, cameron county, rio hondo, brownsville

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