SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — The calm of the San Francisco night has been disturbed recently by the sight -- and smell -- of burning toilets.
Eighteen portable toilets at construction sites around the city have been set on fire in the past two months.
No one has been hurt, but the blazes have caused about 45,000 dollars in damage to the portable outhouses and surrounding property, forcing police and fire officials to step up nightly potty patrols.
The fire department's arson task force is investigating, and it's unclear whether just one person is setting the fires.
San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said Thursday that there have been no eyewitnesses. The blazes have been set inside and outside outhouses, including some that were locked.
"Who knows what motivates people?" she said.
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