FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — A 56-year-old man suspected of setting a fast-moving vegetation fire in Fullerton has been arrested, police said on Thursday.
According to the Fullerton Police Department, Paul Munoz, of Fullerton, was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday.READ MORE: CHiPs For Kids Toy Drive Kicks Off For 2021
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, firefighters were sent to the intersection of Gilbert Street and Castlewood Drive for report of a brush fire near Risner Way.
Upon their arrival, authorities located flames burning in an oil-drilling district on the border of Fullerton and La Habra.
The fire, which burned across 80 acres, threatened some neighborhood homes, prompting voluntary evacuations.
Two firefighters sustained injuries while working to contain the blaze.READ MORE: Group Running Free Mini Train Rides In Costa Mesa Gets $15,000 To Repair Vandalized Junction
According to investigators, the point of origin is believed to be a transient encampment in the Coyote Hills area.
Information gathered during a preliminary investigation led to Munoz’s arrest for his alleged involvement in the fire.
He has been charged with negligence causing a fire with injuries.
The investigation is ongoing as the cause of the fire still remains under investigation.MORE NEWS: Massive Warehouse Fire Likely Caused Foul Odor In Carson, Authorities Say
Anyone with information regarding this case has been urged to contact the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-5336.