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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Porta-Potti Goes Up in Flames: Is The Outhouse Arsonist Back?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 9:46 AM

click to enlarge Making a comeback?
  • Making a comeback?

Certainly, SF Weekly readers have not forgotten the bizarre string of outhouse arson fires that made international news back in 2009.

Now police are reporting a possible comeback of the hot vandalism with a suspicious porta-potti fire on Tuesday in the Marina District.

At about 3:15 p.m., firefighters were called to the 2900 block of South Van Ness where the burning outhouse was located. The fire also damaged the tailgate of a nearby Nissan Frontier.

And while cops are worried about these fires spreading to nearby property, companies renting out these mobile toilets have different concerns. They've told SF Weekly in the past that each blaze costs them roughly $750.

So we asked police whether this a copy cat of the notorious 2008-09 serial toilet burner who torched dozens of porta-johns, mostly in the Russian Hill neighborhood.

"We will always investigate the possibility, and if there are any similarities," Officer Albie Esparza told SF Weekly this morning.

Only time -- and burning potties -- will tell.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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