SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — A 45-year-old woman has been accused of intentionally setting eight fires Monday morning in a residential area of San Bernardino.
The unidentified suspect was arrested and faces multiple counts of felony arson in connection to the series of blazes, which happened between 3:25 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. in a six-block radius near 34th and G streets.
The first incident was a grass and debris fire at the rear of a home in the 3300 block of N. G Street. A window was also broken in the home, according to Jason Serrano of the San Bernardino City Fire Department.
Resident David Aguirre said he woke up around 3:30 a.m. and saw the alleged arsonist hit the vacant home next door to him.
“They got a 4×4 that was on fire and threw it through the window, trying to burn the inside of the house,” he said.
A new RV, which belongs to a San Bernardino City Fire battalion chief, was also set on fire in front of the man’s in-law’s home in the 3400 block of N. Litras Drive. Officials estimate $53,000 in damages.
The battalion chief’s mother-in-law said he was fighting one of the other fires when he saw flames at their residence and called for backup.
“It was scary. We were in bed asleep. If the fire trucks hadn’t been right down below, the entire motor home would have exploded,” she said.
A gazebo, brush and trash from garbage cans were also set ablaze.
Authorities were able to identify the suspect because she reportedly dropped her wallet and identification during the rampage.