Three arson fires set in SF yesterday 

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  • SFPD is seeking the public's assistance in locating a man they believe is responsible for several SoMa arson fires.
Three blazes were set across San Francisco yesterday as the Police Department continues its search for a suspected arsonist.

Fires determined to be arson were set in the Mission, SoMa and Tenderloin neighborhoods, according to police. All three small fires were quickly extinguished.

The first fire started around 1 p.m., when a passenger exiting Muni in the Tenderloin threw something into a trashcan, setting it on fire.

The second fire was spotted in a garbage can around 5:30 p.m. near Van Ness and Market streets, according to SFPD.

Police were alerted to the final fire just after midnight. Debris had been set against a building and then ignited, police said.

The police continue to search for a suspected arsonist who is believed to have set several fires in SoMa. Images and video of the suspect were released by SFPD yesterday.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Inspector John Miller of the Arson Task Force at 415-920-2944. Information can also be texted anonymously by Text-A-Tip at TIP411. Begin the message with "SFPD" in the subject line or via the Police Department's 24 hour anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444.

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