Series of Ocean Beach fires prompts San Diego police search for possible arsonist

Posted at 6:08 AM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 02:33:54-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Two fires that broke out in Ocean Beach early Monday morning are connected to a series of five fires that have been ignited in the neighborhood the past few days.

At about 2:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire burning a fence and tree in the 4400 block of Coronado Avenue.

However, after crews put out that blaze, another call came in for a fire in the 4500 block of Muir Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find a fence, shed and RV engulfed in flames; it took crews about 15 minutes to douse the fire.

A resident said of the Muir Avenue fire: "They're roping it off as a crime scene. This was the second fire tonight. I think they said last night there were two fires; the night before there were four."

San Diego Police said the arson series started Thursday.


In all five cases, the fires occurred in the alley and were a result of an unknown person(s) lighting various items of debris and other combustible materials on fire. All of the fires have occurred at night and there is no suspect information at this time. 

Anyone with information on the fires is asked to call the San Diego Police Department Metro Arson Strike Team at (619) 236-6815 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.