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San Francisco Arson Teams Investigating Car Fire in Dolores Heights Neighborhood Close to String of Similar Fires Wednesday

San Francisco fire crews doused a car fire in the city's Dolores Heights neighborhood early Sunday morning, fire officials said, not far from the location of four other car fires on Wednesday.

Firefighters responded to a report of a car fire at 126-132 Hartford St. in San Francisco at 3:02 a.m., a fire dispatcher said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the dispatcher said arson teams have responded to the incident.

He could not say whether the fire was related to four others nearby that were reported on Wednesday. Car fires also happened in the city in November.

Nonetheless, neighbors said they are shaken up by the string of suspected arson fires.

"I didn’t know there was quite so many at first," Darrell Tenaglia said. "I thought it was one incident, and then I found out there has been four or five. It's definitely unnerving. The Castro is a relatively safe neighborhood and just to see that someone would do that."

"There was some really loud pops," Tom Lee said. "My partner and I got up, and we looked out back, and there was just a huge fire."

Lee said the car fire woke him up, as firefighters hosed down his house.

"They did make us evacuate for safety for an hour or so. We were standing out here," Lee said. "And luckily, they were able to put out the fire."

Neighbor Nicholas Arata took cellphone video of the burning car, which was parked down a long driveway behind a gate in the Castro District.

"It was opened while this was happening," Arata said. "When we came out in the middle of the night, this gate was wide open."

Earlier in the week, fire crews responded to a car fire in the area of Cumberland and Church streets around 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, said San Francisco police Sgt. Monica Macdonald.

About 35 minutes later, a truck fire was reported at 17th and Church streets, four blocks north of the first blaze, Macdonald said.Around 5:10 p.m., another car fire was reported at Liberty and

Rayburn streets, less than a half a mile away from the second blaze, Macdonald said.

An hour later, officers responded to a fourth car fire in the unit block of Rayburn Street near Liberty Street, according to Macdonald.

All of the fires on Wednesday are being investigated as suspected arsons, Macdonald said.

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