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Trio of early-morning car arsons occur in Castro, Crocker-Amazon

Firefighters extinguish the car fire on Rolph Street. | Photo: Joseph C./Citizen
By Steven Bracco - Published on October 08, 2019.

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is currently investigating a series of intentionally set car fires that occurred early on Sunday, October 6. 

According to SFPD crime reports, the first of the fires was started in a quiet part of the Castro, at 21st and Collingwood streets, at approximately 12:11 a.m. Sunday morning.

The car's owner was uninjured, but the vehicle suffered severe damage. The victim also reported seeing two unknown males flee the scene of the crime in a getaway vehicle.

An anonymous Hoodline tipster later reported seeing the vehicle being towed away, and said there was some damage to the surrounding trees. 

About an hour after the first fire, two more cars were intentionally set ablaze, just minutes apart, in the city's Crocker-Amazon neighborhood.

The second fire started at approximately 1:30 a.m. on the 300 block of Chicago Way, between Naylor and Cordova. The victim reported seeing two unknown males and one female flee the scene. 

Three minutes later, a third fire began at Rolph and Prague streets, just a few blocks away. The victim also reported seeing two unknown males and an unknown female fleeing the scene. 

No one reported any injuries in the second and third blazes, though both vehicles were damaged. 

"At this time, we do not have any information that these incidents are related," said SFPD spokesperson Robert Rueca, but the department is still investigating.


Anyone who has information about this incident is encouraged to contact SFPD via the department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text TIP411 with "SFPD" at the start of the message.

Did you witness any of these incidents on Sunday? If so, we'd love to hear from you: email [email protected] or text us at (415) 200-3233.

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