- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - A 39-year-old man already in custody on unrelated vandalism charges has been identified as a suspect in an arson fire two months ago in Orange County’s Santiago Canyon.

Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority says Tuesday that Martin David Weel of Modjeska Canyon has been charged with one count of arson.

He pleaded not guilty on Monday and will remain in custody. A bail hearing will be held later this week.

Concialdi says firefighters quickly put out the early-morning fire on Aug. 27 because there were no winds, but the blaze could have been catastrophic.

The fire started along Santiago Canyon Road across from an equestrian center.

Concialdi says witnesses saw a car leaving the scene.

Weel’s attorney, Staycie Sena, didn’t immediately return a call.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide