Torched: More Cars Light Up In San Francisco Overnight

Connection between incidents not clear yet

By Jessica Greene and Jackson West
|  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009  |  Updated 8:26 AM PDT
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You can't tell from the picture but this was a 4-door Honda.

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San Francisco police and fire have their hands full this week chasing down an arsonist.
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It appears a firebug in San Francisco is far from satisfied.

Arson investigators say someone set four more cars on fire in the City overnight, bringing the total of cars that have been set on fire in the City since last Thursday to 13.

Two cars lit up at Powell and Francisco streets around 2 a.m Wednesday. Another car burned at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on Newcomb Avenue and Selby Street near to 280 and a fourth fire broke out on La Playa.

One of the vehicles torched overnight was a 4-door Honda. By the time firefighters got to the scene at La Playa and Balboa streets, the car was engulfed in flames.

The fires follow another night of burned vehicles. Three cars went up in smoke along Geary Boulevard Monday night, with reports of at least one more attempted arson.

The arson attempt may provide a clue -- a passerby kicked a burning newspaper out from under a truck tire, averting another incident.

Police are not saying whether all the fires are related. An arson task force made up of members of police and fire departments is trying to figure out if they're all connected.

The arson attempt may provide a clue -- a passerby kicked a burning newspaper out from under a truck tire, averting another incident.

Earlier in the year, San Francisco saw a rash of portable toilets set on fire.

In the potty pyro incidents, the perpetrator or perpetrators similarly used found kindling in the form of toilet paper to start the conflagrations.

While the spree could just be the work one or more rowdy delinquents, a political motive hasn't been ruled out.

For instance, Geary has been the focus of debate between transit advocates and drivers and the businesses that cater to them about the future of the heavily-trafficked corridor.

Of course, arson is probably not the worst crime a San Franciscan looking for decent parking has considered in a moment of block-circling frustration.

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