Three Suspects Arrested After Glendora, California Fire Destroys Five Homes


Deputy Chief John Tripp explains that five house were destroyed. Glendora Police Chief reported that three suspects have been booked for recklessly starting the fire.

Firefighters responded to a report of a wildfire at 5:50 a.m. Thursday to an area of Glendora, California (pop. 50,000) where many homes have been built in canyon hills. The fire quickly spread, and an estimated 1,700 to 2,000 residents were evacuated in an order that included area of 880 homes in Glendora and the neighboring foothill city of Azusa.

About 2,000 residents were evacuated and five homes were destroyed in a wildfire that started early Thursday, January 16, 2014 when three men tossed paper into a campfire in the extremely dry foothills of Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains east-northeast of the city of Los Angeles.

Three suspects are being detained on $20,000 to $500,000 bail. A resident witnessed “a couple of suspicious fellows moving down from the hill into the wash” and called police, according to Mayor Joseph A. Santoro.

Glendora police apprehended two of the suspects, and a Forest Service officer detained the third suspect.

More than 700 firefighters were on the scene of the fire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department deployed seven engines and three helicopters to the fire. Two water-dropping Super Scooper planes were added to attack the fire.

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