Fire at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital parking garage ruled arson

3 vehicles burned in blaze

SAN DIEGO - Investigators have determined a fire that engulfed three vehicles in a parking garage at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital Monday was caused intentionally.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque confirmed to 10News that investigators have ruled Monday's fire as arson, but did not provide any further details.

The non-injury blaze in the 3000 block of Health Center Drive erupted on the fourth level of the parking garage shortly after 9:30 a.m., fire officials said.

Crews had the vehicle fires out within 10 minutes, but it took them about a half-hour to extinguish leaking fuel that ignited and re-ignited while flowing down the sloping parking lot toward and around other cars, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.

Fire officials said one unoccupied vehicle was intentionally set ablaze, and the flames then scorched two surrounding vehicles.

The monetary losses -- including superficial damage to the building, as well as the destroyed Ford pickup truck, Honda sedan and Toyota SUV -- were expected to total at least $75,000.

Hospital officials said visitors to Sharp Mary Birch or Sharp Memorial Hospital should plan on parking in the Frost Street garage.

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