On 07-26-2019, at about 4:30 AM, the Humboldt
County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suspicious fire on the 100 block
of Apple Ln., in Redway. It was reported
that a vehicle had been set on fire.
Garberville and Redway Fire responded and were
able to suppress the fire. Deputies
along with California Highway Patrol Officers, responded to investigate. Once on scene deputies determined three
vehicles and a residential structure had been burned. Due to suppression efforts the residence
sustained only minor damage. No one was
injured in the incident.
Upon further investigation deputies discovered
evidence the fire may have been intentionally set. The Arson Task force was notified, and
Sheriff’s Arson Investigators along with Cal Fire responded to the scene.
CHP located a suspicious vehicle in the area
immediately after receiving the initial call.
Officers stopped the vehicle and attempted to make inquiry of the two
occupants. However, after being detained
for several minutes, one passenger exited the vehicle and then the driver
fled. The passenger who was detained on
scene denied involvement in the arson.
He and the driver of the vehicle are still persons of interest in this
case. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this case
or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at
(707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.