Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Arsons reported in Castro


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Arson investigators in San Francisco are examining three fires that occurred near each other in the Castro district early Monday morning, January 19.

Police responded to a vehicle fire at about 4:13 a.m. in the area of 19th and Castro streets, according to Officer Grace Gatpandan, a police spokeswoman. The fire department extinguished the flames, Gatpandan said, and arson investigators who responded prior to the officers took over the investigation.

Then, at 4:50 a.m., "officers responded to a vehicle and a house on fire" at 18th and Hartford streets, she said in a summary. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the two fires were "across the street from each other."

"Fire crews squelched the more serious fire that burned the facade of a home, scorched the front door and caused an estimated $20,000 in damage," according to officials, the Chronicle reported. "Across the street, firefighters quickly contained the other fire, which burned outside a home."

Gatpandan didn't have information on suspects. A 60-year-old man was listed as the victim in the fires at 18th and Hartford, but no one was injured.

In an email, Gatpandan said Monday's fires appear to be unrelated to several suspected vehicle arsons that occurred in the neighborhood in November and December last year.





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