The latest fire started about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in an alley just south of 28th Avenue South and east of 54th Street South.
Investigators say a teenage girl living northwest of the fire said she saw flames in the alley but didn't think to call police because she thought it was a bonfire.
Gulfport Police found the burned tree, fence and cable and Internet wires this morning. They think the fire "burned itself out" and consider the homes near the alley lucky that the flames didn't spread.
Sgt. Robert Burkhart says the case fits the description of several palm tree fires this year. It occurred at night in or near an alley.
- Three palm tree fires were reported in the city near neighborhoods and alleys.
- A witness saw someone running from a palm tree fire on a vacant lot at 5704 28th Ave. S.
- A palm tree in Clam Bayou was set on fire around 6 p.m.
All of the cases are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department's non-emergency line at 727-893-1030.