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Man Spotted Stealing from SDFD Engine as Crews Fight Building Fire in Ocean Beach

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While firefighters were responding to a fire at an Ocean Beach bar Friday night, a man allegedly climbed into a fire truck and stole a bag of equipment, according to San Diego police.

The fire broke out at a single-story building at the intersection of Lotus and Bacon streets at around 9:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

About an hour after responding, San Diego police said in a tweet the fire had been put out. However, the focus of officers' had turned to a man seen climbing into one of SDFD's engines and stealing a bag of equipment.

The man has since been identified and an investigation is ongoing.

Photos tweeted by the department give a clear look at the man seated in the engine's passenger seat.

SDPD said the man was wearing a white hat, black jacket, red under shirt and black pants, and was last seen riding away on a beach cruiser.

The fire broke out at Northside Tavern, according to owner Sabrina Sutphin. She took over ownership in July. The bar was previously known as Mother's Saloon.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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