Two car fires broke out under some suspicious circumstances in Golden Gate Park on Saturday night — and both vehicles have connections to the city's Rec and Parks Department. The first vehicle, a Honda belonging to a Rec and Parks employee, was spotted on fire around 8:30 Saturday night behind the bandshell at the Music Concourse in the park. About an hour later, a marked Rec and Parks truck reportedly "went up in a ball of flames" after an officer witnessed an explosion that lifted the vehicle in to the air.
Fire investigators are currently looking for a connection between the two incidents — aside from the obvious question of "Who is trying to blow up Rec and Parks employees?", that is. As if that weren't enough to stoke our ever-mounting paranoia, there was also a car fire in the Mission Friday night. That one started in a driveway on South Van Ness around 8:15 p.m. and spread to part of the home's exterior, but firefighters had it under control in under ten minutes.
We're not quite ready to declare that the toilet torcher/carsonist who lit up the city back in 2009 has returned for another high-octane Spring, but it's pretty weird to see three cars go up in flames in a weekend, right? Is this the work of Psycho-sexual fire fetishists? Is there some kind of Irish Republican Army out there immobilizing the RPD for their crimes against the city's clover patches?
If you happen to know, you're encouraged to call the SFPD's anonymous tipline at (415) 575-4444 or via text message to TIP411.