Man Arrested for Starting Fire in South Chico

Jul 17, 2013 2:58 PM

Robert Spencer McLaughlin, 25, was arrested and booked into Butte County Jail for possession of an explosive substance and causing a fire, according to a Cal Fire Press Release.

Yesterday afternoon, Butte County Cal Fire responded to a possible escaped control burn in the area of the 1200 block of Orchard Way in Chico. The vegetation fire was held and extinguished to one tenth of an acre. There was only moderate damage to equipment and fencing.

During the investigation into the cause of the fire, an unknown substance was found and the Butte County Interagency Bomb Squad and Chico Fire Hazmat team were called in to aid in the investigation. The substance was identified as an “explosive component”, according to the press release.

As a result, McLaughlin was arrested and booked into Butte County Jail. The incident remains under investigation.


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