Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cal Fire arrests El Dorado Hills man in arson fires

Cal Fire officials have arrested a 25-year-old El Dorado Hills man for allegedly setting seven fires earlier this month.

Kenneth Powell was arrested on suspicion of seven counts of arson, according to a press release.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection made Monday's arrest with assistance from the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office, said Bill Dillard, a criminal investigator with the DA's office.

The seven fires broke out during a two-hour period on Oct. 18 and 19. All were grassland fires except one that was set in a dumpster at Raley's, Dillard said.

The grassland fires were in large, dry fields and many were near multi-million dollar homes. The fires were kept to less than an acre each because of the quick response from fire agencies including Cal Fire and the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, he said.

The investigation was a joint effort between Cal Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire, and the DA's office.

Source Article: The Sacramento Bee, From Sandy Louey

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