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Posted: November 3, 2010 12:30 a.m.

Suspicious Fires ignited at local gas stations

Covington firefighters are trying to determine whether small recent fires at two different Pure gas stations were deliberately set.

The first fire was reported about 1 a.m. Sunday morning by a motorist who said he saw a man set fire to the Pure station at the intersection of Emory Street and Old Atlanta. The witness stopped a Covington Police officer and the officer called the fire department when he went to investigate. The officer saw flames showing on the west side of the building. A small gas can was found next to the building.

The officer attempted to extinguish the fire, but there were flames inside the building when firefighters arrived. The fire was quickly put out by firefighters.

About 5 a.m. Monday, a fire was reported by a motorist at the Pure station at West Street and U.S. Highway 278.

According to reports, the motorist called 911 and used windshield wiper fluid to attempt to extinguish two small fires at the back of the property. There were flames inside the building when firefighters arrived, but the blaze was extinguished quickly.

Anyone with information on these fires is asked to contact the Covington Fire Department at (770) 385-2100 on the Arson Hotline at (800) 282-5804. Callers can remain anonymous and rewards up to $10,000 are given for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of an arsonist.

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