Serial Arsonist Sets Fifth Blaze in Ocean Beach and Point Loma

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At least 5 fires – intentionally set – have plagued Ocean Beach and Point Loma over the last few days. And SDPD arson investigators believe it is one person or group. All the fires were set in alleys and have caused more than $120,000 in damage.

Up to now, police have no descriptions of the arsonist.

All the fires were set at night, the two most recent on early Monday, the 11th, and only about 15 minutes apart.  Here’s a breakdown of the fires and their locations:

  • Orchard Avenue near Santa Barbara Street – on Thursday, Dec. 7th, about 7 p.m. in alley; estimated damage of $1,000 in damage to an older-model motor home.
  • Newport Avenue near Venice Street , in alley, also on Thursday, about 9:50pm; fire spread to utility trailer, motorcycle and the back of a home, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.
  • Newport Avenue near Santa Barbara Street, in alley; it was reported on Saturday, Dec. 9th but could have been set either on Thursday or Friday; fire damaged canvas car canopy, with an estimated $1,000 loss.
  • Santa Cruz Avenue near Santa Barbara Street, in alley, reported at 2:10am on Monday, Dec. 11th; flames spread into back yard and caused $4,000 in estimated damages.
  • Muir Avenue near Guizot Street, in alley, 15 minutes after other fire on Monday. The blaze caused about $15,000 in damage to a trailer and outbuilding, plus burned a tree and a motor home.

If residents have any information or video from surveillance cameras set up in alleys, they are asked to call the arson investigators at (619) 236-6815 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

From San Diego Union-Tribune



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