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Arsonists torch 2 vehicles, 2 dumpsters

2 sought in vehicle, dumpster fires on West Side

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police and arson investigators are searching for two people who burned a path of destruction through a West Side neighborhood early Wednesday morning. 

Investigators believe, in all, they set fire to two vehicles and two trash dumpsters in a neighborhood near Culebra and Callaghan roads.

The first fire broke out after 4 a.m. inside a dumpster at Callaghan and Hemphill Street, police said.

The arsonists then moved on to a car parked in the 5300 block of Costa Mesa Street.

While firefighters were putting that out, they received a call about a van on fire a few blocks away in the 5100 block of Pettus.

The arson spree ended with a dumpster fire at Benrus and Culebra, police said.

Gabriel Ramos said a relative woke him up, telling him it was his car on fire outside his home on Costa Mesa Street. "I'm upset. I was actually working on the car at the time," Ramos said. "I didn't have much more to go to get it running. Now it's something that I can't do anything with."

The van owner said it was loaded with materials she used for her business.

A witness at one scene told investigators the arsonists appeared to be young men or teenage boys.

Police searched the neighborhood, on the ground and by helicopter, but did not make any arrests.