No suspect caught yet in string of suspicious fires

Authorities are continuing to probe a series of arson fires that were set early Monday morning in the entrances of several residential buildings in the densely populated Pacific Heights and Nob Hill neighborhoods.

At least three suspicious fires were reported overnight, and in all cases, a stack of newspapers was set ablaze near or inside entrances to the buildings, fire officials said.

The first blaze was reported at Franklin and Vallejo streets; the second at Sacramento and Leavenworth streets; and the third on Clay Street between Hyde and Leavenworth streets, fire officials said.

The fires were put out within minutes and no injuries or serious structural damages were reported, officials said. As of Tuesday, investigators had not named any suspects in the arsons, according to Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman with the San Francisco Fire Department.

Neighbors living near the site of one of the fires said a newspaper was set ablaze two weeks before, near the area of one of Monday’s blazes,

“[Investigators] are definitely looking into the fires,” Talmadge said. “Although they were minor, there’s always the potential for something [worse] to occur when someone doesn’t notice it happening.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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