City of Arcata PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEST VIRGINIA MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON At 5:30 a.m. this morning a small trash can fire was reported in the area of 9th and H Streets in Arcata. Police and Fire Departments responded immediately and the fire was quickly extinguished. Several minutes later, a second small fire was…
Arcata Fire Press Release McKINLKEYVILLE – A Fortuna woman was arrested Wednesday, June 25 in connection to a blaze that caused more than $280,000 in damages to a home on Columbus Avenue. Jennifer Gibbs of Fortuna was taken into custody, without incident, by the Fortuna Police Department while she was staying at a family member’s…
The Arcata Police Department has arrested a woman accused of an arson that burned at apartment building last year. On Aug. 23, 2012, the Arcata Police Department responded to the 2500 block of Alliance Road to assist units from the Arcata Fire Protection District with an apartment fire. The fire caused significant damage to one…
In early July 2013, investigators received information that Young may have intentionally started the fire in her apartment on Aug. 23, 2012.
On their arrival, the responders found a cardboard recycling dumpster fully engulfed in flames next to the building. A storage shed, next to the dumpster and attached to a wall of the shopping center was starting to burn.
Officers discovered papers and debris had been set on fire in the lobby area of the Post Office. A passerby noticed the fire and extinguished the flames using a fire extinguisher he retrieved from his vehicle.
Through a lengthy investigation by APD, three juvenile suspects were identified. Two of the suspects, a 12-year-old from Arcata and a 13-year-old from Pittsburg, Calif., have been arrested. The third juvenile suspect, a 14-year-old from Fortuna, is still at large.
A reward fund has been established currently totaling $1500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the fire.
The reward of $21,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for these fires. Anyone with information regarding the fires is asked to contact the Arcata Fire District at (707) 825-2000 or the Arcata Police Department at (707) 822-2428.
Martinez pointed out that the burned buildings’ exteriors now bristle with twigs and pine needles, driven into the walls by high-pressure streams of water which had passed through trees from firehoses arrayed along 11th Street.