UPDATED: Arsonist Arrested in Last Night’s Fire on Anderson Street May Have Been Facing Eviction


There was a fire on the 600 block of Anderson Street last night. Details are sparse, but a tweet from a SFFD firefighters union indicated that there was an arrest associated with the incident:

KRON-TV outlined the story:

San Francisco police have detained one person connected with a fire in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood Tuesday night, firefighters said.

Firefighters tweeted at around 7:41 p.m. that they were called to the 600 block of Anderson Street.

No other details have been made available about the incident or why the person was detained.

Initial reports said a mother stated that her son “had a knife,” firefighters tweeted.

SFist reports that according to the SFPD, the arsonist arrested in connection with the incident was  a 35-year-old man who lived in the residence who had been ‘”notified that he was being evicted” by his 60-year-old landlady.”

UPDATE: SFAppeal provides more detail:

Police today said the fire sparked shortly after the resident, 35-year-old Edwin Monzon, was informed by his 60-year-old landlady that he was being evicted.

Monzon was arrested on suspicion of arson and other offenses, according to police.

[SFFD spokesman Jonathan] Baxter said one person, a neighbor, was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure but described it as a “minor episode.” He could not immediately provide more information on the nature of the medical issue.

PHOTO: Fire on Anderson, Jan 27, 2016, courtesy of Steve Rhodes