Three small fires that broke out at buildings within blocks of each other in Santa Monica early Monday, April 5th appear to be related, Santa Monica fire officials said.

No one was injured in the fires, which started at residential buildings at 1507 Stanford St., 1532 Centinela Ave. and 1707 Franklin St., Santa Monica Fire Department spokesman Judah Mitchell said.

Santa Monica fire officials believe the incidents are related and are coordinating with the Santa Monica Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department in an arson investigation, he said.

Santa Monica firefighters were called at 4:26 a.m. to 1507 Stanford St., where they extinguished a small exterior fire that was reported in a boarded up condominium complex currently under construction, Mitchell said.

Los Angeles firefighters were called for assistance based on the number of reports of possible fires and were at the scene of a fire set in trash cans at 1707 Franklin St. when Santa Monica units arrived, he said.

The fire departments coordinated resources in another fire response at 1532 Centinela, Mitchell said.

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