Monday, February 25, 2008

Why did you torch our historic firehouse? You bastard...

SAN FRANCISCO / Landmark fire chief's residence is vandalized / Boyfriend of city's new planning director accused of arson, trashing historic home

Rahaim's boyfriend, Lance Farber, 47, fled the scene after setting a mattress on fire at about 8:50 p.m. and causing $10,000 worth of vandalism damage, police said.

He was arrested in San Mateo County about an hour later on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was booked in the San Francisco County Jail Friday night on one count of arson of an inhabited dwelling and one count of felony vandalism, police said.

"The scene was in disarray. It was very disturbing," Hayes-White said.

Rahaim, 52, and Farber recently moved into the home after moving from Seattle, where Rahaim ran that city's planning department, city officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said.The inside of the home looked "like there was a huge frat party," said sources familiar with the investigation, who asked to be unnamed because of the sensitive nature of the case.

Tables were overturned, antique furniture that was part of the historic residence was broken, pictures were knocked off the wall, and crushed tomatoes were smeared on the rugs and walls, sources said.

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