SAN DIEGO — A spate of maliciously set fires in Ocean Beach caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage and left a suspected arsonist in custody Friday.
The first of the 12 non-injury blazes erupted in an alley near the intersection of Bacon Street and Cape May Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to San Diego police.
Fires proceeded to break out in a trash can about 4 Friday morning and on a fence about 90 minutes later, both in the area of Voltaire Street and West Point Loma Boulevard, Sgt. Michael Stirk said, The latter blaze also damaged two parked vehicles.
The remainder of the fires began in quick succession in the 5000 block of Newport Avenue, 4900 block of Niagara Avenue, 4800 block of Santa Monica Avenue, 2100 block of Spray Street, and the 5100 blocks of Long Branch and Muir avenues.
Shortly before 6 a.m., officers detained Michael Barringer, 26, at Long Branch Avenue and Spray Street, Sgt. Rick Pechin said. Barringer was questioned and arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of arson. He was being held on $700,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators set the total damages at about $23,000.