Carsonist Copycat Strikes Seacliff

Fires continue despite suspect in custody

By Matt Baume
|  Tuesday, Sep 1, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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Carsonist Copycat Strikes Seacliff

City of Miramar

Miramar's police and fire departments are being immortalized in new Hot Wheels toys modeled after their emergency vehicles.

Just when you thought it coudln't get any harder to own a car in San Francisco, the Carsonist -- or Carsonist Gang? -- strikes again.

Local blogs like SFist have dubbed the person committing automotive arson the "Carsonist." And police thought that they'd put a stop to the late-night torchings that had plagued the city since late July. They also hinted that the suspect in custody, Fafa Chan, might also be the Toilet Torcher, who'd melted a slew of portable restrooms.

But it seems as though the Carsonist may have inspired other criminals, as a vehicle suffered minor fire-damage this weekend in the Seacliff neighborhood of the city. It's the second carson since Fafa Chan was arrested.

This latest bonfire was different, though: police report that the accelerant was inconsistant with previous torchings (the original Carsonist favored newspapers stuffed in a wheel well and set alight).

So is this the work of a co-conspirator? An homage? A rival? The mystery is not yet unravelled.

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