String of fires set around mid-Market Street corridor overnight 

Four fires were set near a stretch of the mid-Market Street late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, police said.

“They’ve all been happening in the same area and around the same time,” said Officer Albie Esparza, adding that police could not speculate as to whether or not the fires were set by one arsonist.

The first blaze was at 11:12 p.m. near Market and Hyde streets, when someone lit clothing and garbage aflame. The newsstand that the items were propped against was damaged.

Then two garbage cans were set on fire, one at Mission and 7th Streets around 11:36 p.m. and another — again — on Market Street near Hyde Street an hour after midnight.

In the last incident, officers were in the area investigating the three previous fires when they saw two cardboard boxes burning at Larkin and Grove streets around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

San Francisco firefighters put out all of the blazes.

No suspects were identified, police said.
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