Nearly a dozen dumpster fires were reported in Pacific Beach Friday morning, likely set by an unknown arsonist, according to officials from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
One blaze broke out just after 11:45 a.m. in a dumpster inside the fenced enclosure of a residential building located in the 1500-block of Hornblend Street.
Fire officials said it was one of approximately 12 dumpster fires reported Friday in the PB area.
Glenn Thomas, of the SDFD said the fires had sparked across various streets in dumpsters outside of buildings and dumpsters inside of structures.
“It’s a major concern,” said Thomas.
He said the fire department was working closely with police to track down the person or persons responsible for setting the fires.
Chris Dunphy, property manager of the building on Hornblend Street impacted by one of the dumpster fires, said no residents were injured in the blaze.
Dunphy said the building’s fire sprinkler system managed to put out the fire before it could spread to residential units. He said whoever set the fire did so through the small opening of the dumpster.
Dunphy said at least two of his properties in Pacific Beach experienced similar fires Friday morning. He said residents are fearful and hope the culprit is caught soon.
Officials said no injuries have been reported and the fires are under investigation.