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Police: One in custody after string of suspected arsons in Auburn

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AUBURN, Wash. -- Auburn police said Thursday afternoon they had taken one person into custody who could be responsible for more than a dozen arsons.

Earlier in the day, police said they were investigating two fires within 15 minutes of each other in the same neighborhood hit hard by a string of arsons last year.

Officials say a 12-foot boat was set on fire around 1 a.m. in the 3500 block of I St. NE and crews were able to quickly put that out.

Less than a mile away, firefighters were called to the 1200 block of 43rd St NE where a house was ablaze. The smoke detector woke up the family. Several adults and a child escaped safely.

Firefighters, police, arson investigators and K9s were all at the scene. Authorities searched the nearby woods for a suspect, but nobody was found.

Police say 17 fires have been set damaging homes, carports and boats -- mainly in the north end of Auburn.

Detectives believe those earlier fires were set by the same person. It's still unclear if these two latest fires are related.

1200 block of 43rd St NE, Auburn, WA