The owner of a boat-fuel dock in the Marina says that an attempted arson at her business could have been tied to September 11. But it also might have been coincidental and just the act of a mentally ill person.

Christine Kaplan, who owns Gashouse Cove at 10 Marina Blvd. adjacent to Fort Mason, says she arrived at work just before 8 a.m. on September 11 to find a charred bench and some melted gas cans. It seems that one Andrew Glenn Rice, 48, may have stacked a pyramid of gas cans and set them ablaze, but failed to blow anything out. As Kaplan quips to the Ex, "He was no Boy Scout."

Gashouse Cove sells fuel to boats, including some of those involved the America's Cup. Luckily, they had plenty of surveillance footage to help identify Rice.

The police have found no September 11 connection thus far.

Rice, who's an S.F. resident, appears to get around a bit, and was arrested in June in a Chicago suburb for allegedly threatening/harassing a nursing student by entering her car. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

[SF Weekly]