San Bernardino Man Arrested for Starting At Least 8 San Bernardino Area Fires

San Bernardino Man Arrested for Starting At Least 8 San Bernardino Area Fires

SAN BERNARDINO – An arsonist who San Bernardino County Fire Department officials say was responsible for setting at least 8 fires was arrested on Wednesday.

Although most of the fires burned somewhere between 1-8 acres, thanks to the prompt response and efforts of the responding firefighters one fire on June 27, 2017, burned 670 acres. Fire officials said that the majority of the fires were ignited in the foothills above Sterling Avenue and East Foothill Boulevard. These fires dated as far back as July 3, 2016. The most damaging of these fires was the Mart Fire, which was ignited in the drainage, East of Walmart at Highland Avenue and Frontage Road. The fire was so damaging due to the winds quickly carrying embers across Highway 330 into the dry vegetation. The fire spread up the mountainside, endangering nearby homes, causing both distress and inconvenience to residents.

Eyewitness tips assisted in the investigation into the fires, leading to Peter Granados, 38, being named as the suspect. Granados was arrested at his home located in the 2900 block of Park Avenue in the City of San Bernardino. During questioning, Granados admitted to setting all 8 fires and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for arson. His bail was set at $275,000. Through investigation, it was learned that Granados used and open flame device to light combustibles on fire. No injuries were sustained in any of the eight fires.

“Eyewitnesses are credited for their bravery in coming forward and sharing what they saw with investigators,” San Bernardino County Fire officials said. “ It is due to their awareness and diligence that led investigators to Granados.” “See Something, Say Something” saves lives and protects property. You can report suspicious activity to fire and law enforcement or We-Tip at 800-47-ARSON (800-472-7766).

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