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Toilet Fires: Still Funny, But Actually No Longer Funny

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OK OK, first thing's first: burning porta-potties is uncool, illegal, and potentially dangerous. And they "may sound funny," but they're actually not, as the SF Examiner reminds us today. Except they still kind of are, especially when a post-mortem photo of one runs alongside a story about the rash of portable toilet fires. The mystery arsonist of Russian Hill (and Pac Heights and Cow Hollow, apparently— see map below) has been dubbed, according to the article, the "Toilet Torcher" and the "Loo Lighter"— what, no "Poo Pyro"? Police have extra feet on the ground now in hopes of finally nabbing the perpetrator, who has burned at least 19 porta-potties to date. By the way, the torchings aren't the first of their kind; a few years ago, a similar arsonist in West Sacramento burned at least two dozen over the course of three years before being caught. Sounds like ours is going to catch up in just a couple weeks— barring a ride to jail, anyway.
· Toilet fires no laughing matter [SF Examiner]
· Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture [Curbed SF]
· Just Trying to Stop the Carnage [Curbed SF]
· This Shit Is Not OK [Curbed SF]

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1. 800 Bay St

800 Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94109

800 Bay St
San Francisco, CA 94109

2. 1400 Block of Vallejo

1450 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1450 Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. 700 Block of Chestnut

750 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94133

750 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. 800 Block of Chestnut

850 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94133

850 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94133

5. 1400 Block of Vallejo

1460 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1460 Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94109

6. 1200 Block of Filbert

1250 Filbert St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1250 Filbert St
San Francisco, CA 94109

7. Octavia & Green

Octavia St & Green St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Octavia St & Green St
San Francisco, CA 94123

8. Van Ness & Vallejo

Van Ness Ave & Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Van Ness Ave & Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. Filbert & Pierce

Filbert St & Pierce St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Filbert St & Pierce St
San Francisco, CA 94123

10. Franklin & Jackson

Franklin St & Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Franklin St & Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94109

11. Lombard & Scott

Lombard St & Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Lombard St & Scott St
San Francisco, CA 94123

12. 1651 Washington St

1651 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1651 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94109

13. Union & Taylor

Union St & Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Union St & Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94133

14. 1100 Block of Filbert

1150 Filbert St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1150 Filbert St
San Francisco, CA 94109

15. 3000 Laguna St

3000 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94123

3000 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94123

16. 1400 Greenwich St

1400 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1400 Greenwich St
San Francisco, CA 94109

17. Gough & Union

Gough St & Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Gough St & Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

18. 1200 Washington St

1200 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1200 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94108

19. 2600 Vallejo St

2600 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94123

2600 Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94123