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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Arson Suspect Arrested After Early Morning Blaze Destroys Bayview Home

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San Francisco police took a 61-year-old man into custody early this morning after he was spotted stashing a gas can under a car just minutes after a four-alarm fire ripped through the city's Bayview neighborhood.

KTVU reports that the suspicious blaze started at 3 a.m. near the corner of Bayshore Boulevard and Augusta Street, an industrial part of the Bayview. More than 120 firefighters were out there fighting the blaze, which was under control just before 5 a.m. The fire destroyed one home and damaged three others. At least 20 people were displaced by the blaze.

Two women reportedly saw the suspect, who has not yet been identified, run from the fire and toss the gas can under the SUV; they gave police a description of the man, who was taken away in a patrol car shortly after the fire started.

Neighbors told KTVU that squatters had been living in the gutted home since early 2009 when it was damaged by another fire.

"Numerous people have already filed complaints with the city as well as with the police department. On Sunday, they arrested somebody on the block ... and then this happened," Marla Racca, whose home was damaged by the fire, told KTVU.

We'll update the story as soon as we get more details on the suspect.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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