A rash of suspicious fires throughout Winnipeg's Fort Rouge neighbourhood has prompted police to make door-to-door visits to help homeowners avoid becoming a target.

Since spring, there have been 20 suspicious fires in the area. The most recent happened just after 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of Hector Avenue, between Lilac Street and Stafford Street.

A woman escaped unharmed but a dog died when two garages went up in flames as well as part of a house.

The fires are usually started in garbage and recycling bins, which are then pushed against people's homes, garages and fences.

Investigators are now meeting individually with homeowners in the area, telling residents how to spot things that could be suspicious what should be kept out of their backlanes to reduce the chance of a fire.

The Arson Strike Force is also looking for possible links between the fires but so far, police say the only connection between them is that they all happened between midnight and 4 a.m.

The Hector Street fire has not yet been ruled an arson but is still being investigated.