“Oh, that fire!”
No, there's no way to play it off cool when the San Francisco Police Department notices that your car is burning — and it tips them off that maybe, just maybe, you're up to no good.
That's how it went late last week in Bernal Heights when cops chatted it up with a parolee after he left his vehicle. It was after the police concluded their conversation that a bystander helpfully pointed out to the cops that the car was on fire. This, apparently, had escaped initial notice.