Newspapers set ablaze in bank in downtown San Francisco

A bank in the Financial District had a window broken and newspapers set ablaze inside Monday, an incident authorities are investigating as arson.

Police officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank at 465 California St. around 1 a.m. The fire was extinguished by the time cops arrived, police said.

The arson squad was called to the scene and is investigating, Fire Department Deputy Chief Pat Gardner said. No suspect information was available Monday.

It is the second time in two weeks in The City that newspaper was set ablaze at a building. Last week a newspaper was lit on fire on an apartment building staircase in the Mission district.

A 25-year-old heard someone yell “fire” outside his apartment in the 2400 block of 24th Street on June 6. The man went outside and saw newspapers burning on the building’s stairs, police said. He doused the flames himself.

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