Fires in the USA: police arrested 4 people on suspicion of arson
Four people were arrested on suspicion of arson in areas of the West Coast of the United States, which was badly damaged by large deadly fires. Writes about it Fox News.
Wildfires continue to rage in three states, and police are investigating individual incidents of alleged arson attacks. For example, two men in Washington state, one man in Oregon and one woman in California have been charged with arson.
According to the latest reports, at least 20 people have died in fires in California, eight in Oregon and one in Washington state. Firefighters are struggling to contain the deadly fires.
Ashland, Oregon Police Chief Taige O'Meara announced that a criminal case had been opened over the fire in Almeda, calling the circumstances of the fire "suspicious."
The fire broke out on Tuesday, September 8, in Ashland, and while it mostly spared the city, the fire killed two people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
“We have good reason to believe that there was a human factor involved in the fire,” said O'Meara. "We're going to continue this as a criminal investigation until we find any reason to believe otherwise."
On the subject: California family spent 10 hours in icy water to escape wildfire
Police have accused 41-year-old Michael Jarrod Bakkel of causing another fire near the train tracks in Phoenix, Oregon. As the Almeda fire burned, the sheriff's office said in a statement that "residents witnessed Bakkela lighting a fire behind a house on Quail Lane."
Oregon State Police officers who arrived at the scene said they saw Bakkela "standing next to a very large fire threatening several houses."
Bakkele was charged with two counts of first degree arson, 15 counts of first degree criminal harm and 14 counts of endangering life and property.
Anita Esquivel was arrested in Monterey County, California after setting a fire near Highway 101.
The district attorney dismissed suggestions that Esquivel was associated with far-left groups such as Antifa.
Two men, whose names have not been released, were arrested in connection with the fires in Washington, DC: one of them allegedly started a fire on Highway 167 in the Meridian area, and the other was allegedly the instigator of the fire on Highway 512.
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