Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Arson Arrest: suspect arrested - Murrieta freeway fires

Suspect arrested for grass fire near Interstates 215 and 15 today

MURRIETA - Police arrested a man suspected of starting a grass fire near Interstates 215 and 15 today.

The fire on the right side of northbound Interstate 15, just before the northbound Interstate 215 interchange, was reported at 12:45 p.m., authorities said.

A total of 17 Murrieta and CalFire firefighters worked for more than an hour to extinguish the flames -- which charred about 1.5 acres -- and mop up.

No injuries or structure damage were reported, said Murrieta Fire Department spokeswoman Stephanie Smith.

Murrieta police arrested a man on suspicion of arson in connection with the blaze, said Murrieta police Sgt. Bob Landwehr.
The suspect's name was not released.
Source: www.myvalleynews.com - Link

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