Man arrested for starting series of fires in Merced, police say

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- Authorities have an alleged arsonist in custody.

He's accused of starting a series of fires that led to the evacuation of four businesses in Merced.

Officials say calls about four fires came in within a 30-minute span, starting around 4:45 Monday afternoon.

All of the fires were within two blocks in the area of G Street and Park Avenue.

One of the fires spread to the roof the "In Shape" gym building.

No one was injured in any of the fires.

A short time later, police found 44-year-old Allan Lopez, arrested him and booked him into the Merced County jail on multiple charges.
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