Fire damages abandoned apartment in Grant Hill prompts arson investigation

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Fire damages abandoned apartment in Grant Hill prompts arson investigation
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Firefighters launched an arson investigation on Sunday after a blaze damaged an abandoned apartment building in Grant Hill, the third fire at the property in less than a week, authorities said.

The fires caused at least $470,000 in damage, San Diego Police Sgt. Rick Pechin of the Metro Arson Strike Team.

The property, located on K Street near 38th Street, has been frequented by squatters “for quite some time,” Pechin said.

The property includes a front house that was destroyed by a fire early Saturday.

Around 11:45 a.m. Sunday, San Diego police officers were driving down an alley that borders the building when they noticed smoke billowing from the two-story structure.

Pechin said the fire started in an upstairs unit and caused damage estimated at $120,000. No one was hurt.

The fire was the third in recent days. Few details were available on the first fire, which occurred on Wednesday. Pechin said it was an outdoor fire in front of the front house which caused “fairly minor” damage.

The second fire broke out shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday. The fire engulfed the house, which was boarded up.

When firefighters arrived, no one was inside. The estimated damage from this fire was $350,000.

Pechin declined to comment on the cause of the fires, citing ongoing investigations. “However, we treat them as arson,” he said.

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