DC fire department seeks woman in connection with Shaw fires

The D.C. fire department is looking or thsi woman in connection with a series of fires in the Shaw neighborhood. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)

The D.C. fire department is looking for a woman suspected of setting several fires in the Shaw neighborhood over the past two weeks.

The fires were all fueled by “common combustibles” and set in the overnight hours, the D.C. Fire and EMS Department said in a news release Monday. Officials didn’t provide more details on where and when the fires were set.

So far, the fires have all been set outdoors, said fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo, so there hasn’t been any damage to buildings. But “fire-setters often graduate,” Maggiolo said; “they feel empowered, and they sort of graduate to worse types of fires.”

They’re asking anyone with more information to call Fire Investigator Tomi Rucker at 202-904-6232, or call the arson tip line at 202-673-Arson (2776). You don’t have to give your name.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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