Suspect arrested in connection with several Mission District fires

A number of small fires broke out early Friday morning in the Mission District, prompting an investigation by local firefighters and the subsequent arrest of a suspect.

Shortly after 2 a.m. San Francisco Fire Department units responded to 16th and Folsom streets, where a Jeep Cherokee had been lit on fire. The fire was extinguished.

At 2:24 a.m. reports of a fire came in from 20th and Capp streets, where a trashcan had been set alight.

Thirty minutes later, SFFD responded to a number of other trash can fires set in a two-block radius around 18th and Folsom streets, 20th and Folsom streets, and 18th and Florida streets. A 41-year-old male suspect was located in the vicinity by SFPD and identified by witnesses. He was taken into custody.

“SFPD is still looking into connecting the fires to see if there is any possible connection to the suspect in custody,” Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

 

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