San Bernardino Man Arrested for Setting Fire to Vacant Car Wash

San Bernardino Man Arrested for Setting Fire to Vacant Car Wash

SAN BERNARDINO – A San Bernardino man was arrested for lighting a vacant car wash on fire causing thousands of dollars in damage to the property. On Monday afternoon, at around 3:05 p.m. firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the Happy Boy Car Wash located in the 500 block of North Flores Street in the City of San Bernardino. The firefighters began an aggressive attack, quickly extinguishing the blaze.


When the firefighters arrived, Renee Hernandez, 30, told them he had lit the fire. Further questioning determined that Hernandez had intentionally lit the fire and he was subsequently arrested. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for arson, trespassing, as well as a San Bernardino Municipal Code Violation. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

It was also determined that Hernandez had been living inside the business and for reasons still under investigation he lit the drive-thru bay on fire. No one was injured as a result of the fire.

“San Bernardino County Fire has a no tolerance stance against arson. Arson fires are an attack of innocent victims and puts firefighters at unwarranted risk. Fire Investigators are taking an aggressive approach towards arsonists and if found to be involved in arson, they shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent,” said Fire Marshal Mike Horton.

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  • Happy Boy Car Wash: San Bernardino County Fire Department