Burned vehicles
Two burned vehicles at the Pacific Beach fire station. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A man suspected of setting two fires at a Pacific Beach fire station was arrested Friday.

The Metro Arson Strike Team was called to investigate two fires set on Jan. 7 and investigators from the team gathered evidence from the scenes and identified Brett Hoffman as a suspect in both arsons, San Diego Police Lt. Adam Sharki said.

Hoffman was arrested at 1:40 p.m. at Mission Boulevard and Pacific Beach Drive and booked into the San Diego County Jail on multiple counts of arson to property, Sharki said.

The first fire was reported at approximately 1:30 a.m. Jan. 7 behind San Diego Fire-Rescue Station 21 in the 4200 block of Mission Boulevard where a watercraft belonging to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Lifeguard Division was set on fire, police said.

At approximately 3:35 a.m. Jan. 7, another fire was reported at the same location, where another lifeguard vehicle was set on fire and destroyed. The fire spread and ultimately destroyed a second vehicle and damaged a third, police said.

Anyone with information regarding these fires was asked to call the Metro Arson Strike Team at 619-236-6815 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.


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