Arson spree investigated in Pacific Beach

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SAN DIEGO — Three suspected arson fires that occurred minutes apart in Pacific Beach were under investigation Thursday, authorities said.

Boat Arson Pacific BeachThe first fire occurred on a small speed boat parked in front of a residence in the 1400 block of Thomas Avenue shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

“I’m home sleeping, somebody’s banging on my door, I come out here half-clothed and my boat’s on fire,” said Joel Purma, the owner of the boat.

The fire caused about $5,000 in damage to the boat.

“It was a shock.  I was definitely a little scared.  I was concerned about my house — didn’t want it catching fire,” said Purma who also happens to be a firefighter.

Between 11:44 and 11:55 p.m., two more small fires involving other vehicles were reported in the vicinity of Reed Avenue and Gresham Street, which is just south of Thomas Avenue, a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher said.

No injuries were reported.