SAN DIEGO - At least six small fires were intentionally set in the Grant Hill area of San Diego early Monday but no one was hurt and no homes were damaged, authorities said.
The fire spree occurred between 12:45 and 1:30 a.m. in the vicinity of 29th and Commercial streets, according to a San Diego fire-rescue spokesman Lee Swanson.
The fires were set at 29th and Commercial streets, at 30th Street and Imperial Avenue, 2675 G St., 542 28th St. and 321 Hoitt St., and in an alley between 29th and Commercial streets, the spokesman said, noting in all, three trees, a trash can, a planter and a dumpster were damaged.
Total damage was estimated at $1,000, Swanson said.
Henry Mendoza manages the Golden Heights Apartments, which are next to the fire that burned at 28th Street near Market Street. He was grateful it was just a close call.
“We saw this fire here last night and it was very scary, so I don’t know if somebody’s doing it on purpose or something,” Mendoza.
“It’s the second time in about two months, and that was very scary, so we’re very concerned about this problem.”
There was an attempted arson nearby shortly, and 10News is working to find out if it is connected. The suspected would-be arsonist was detained and taken to the county’s mental health center.
As a San Diego Police officer loaded her into a patrol car, she seemed to be claiming she was the victim. “That dude just came out and attacked me,” she told the officer.
We are told she was lighting clothes on fire to burn the porch down. Fire officials believe she used some sort of accelerant, which may have been the non-flammable coolant u use in a car.
Luckily, officials say two men saw her setting the fire and held her down until police and firefighters pulled up and took control.
According to initial reports, which police say they have not confirmed yet, she may have tried to burn her mom’s home down a couple days ago.
Anyone with information about the fires was asked to call San Diego fire- rescue's Metro Arson Strike Team at (619) 236-6815.