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Police join investigation into Midtown dumpster fires

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Police have now joined fire investigators to determine if the dumpster fires are connected to other recent incidents in Midtown.

“I’m scared right now. They might burn my business, you know,” said Tommy Fan, who owns an Asian Grocery on Cleveland Street.

He had no idea someone set his dumpster on fire around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters put the fire out, so it was just contained in the dumpster. It did burn some of the tree above it, though.

A shopping center on Union and Belvedere was hit the hardest by a dumpster fire a week and a half ago. Several businesses had to close for a few days because the electrical panel was burned.

Massage Envy and a pizza restaurant are still closed.

“I’m really surprised that I didn’t know about it. I do live in the neighborhood, but I was not aware of it,” said Midtown resident Gloria Lewis.

A dumpster fire at the Dunkin Donuts on Union burned, peeling the paint off it and burning down the fence around it. 

Business owners and customers are on edge hoping the culprit is caught. 

“It’s very scary because someone is going around torching things like that,” Lewis said. “It’s dangerous.”

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