Arsonist lights up Diamond Heights building twice 

Two random late-night fires at a Diamond Heights apartment building appear to be the work of an arsonist.

On Monday, recycling bins in the Diamond Heights Boulevard building’s garage were set ablaze about 11:20 p.m., police said. The San Francisco Examiner reported on the small fire Tuesday.

Then on Wednesday, the building’s elevator was torched about 11:30 p.m., police Sgt. Daryl Fong said.

A resident reported to police that he went to check out the situation when he heard the fire alarm go off and smelled smoke in the hall, police said. The resident saw that the fire was coming from the first floor. When he got there, the interior of the elevator was on fire.

The resident was able to extinguish the blaze and call police.

The Police Department is investigating the fires as suspicious, Fong said. Police are “taking very seriously the similarities in time and location” of the blazes, he said.

Police also are asking residents and neighbors to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to police, Fong said.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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