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.