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Authorities investigating two fires within a four hour span in Red Bluff

Red Bluff Firefighters and police responded to two separate fires, just hours apart from each other Wednesday morning.

Posted: Jun 4, 2020 12:35 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. – Red Bluff Firefighters and police responded to two separate fires, just hours apart from each other Wednesday morning.

The fire marshal said a suspect was caught on surveillance video setting fire to boxes on the side of the AM/PM gas station on South Main Street. It happened around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The marshal said a train regularly stops at that location so engineers can take a break. An engineer saw the fire and went inside to tell the attendant.

Police said they located and arrested 31-year-old Miguel Copas Jr. Lopez, of Corning, on charges of felony arson and vandalism.

Four hours before the AM/PM incident, Red Bluff police were investigating another fire incident.

Red Bluff Police Sgt. Kevin Busekist told Action News Now, police were called to a home on Little Avenue three times between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 12:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The first call was for a fight between a man and a woman, with nine people involved in the disturbance. Police said a woman was treated at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for facial injuries. The second call, involved rocks being thrown at the home.

Sgt. Busekist said the final call came when someone poured gas and set fire to the front porch. The fire department responded and quickly contained it.

Officers have yet to make an arrest in the second Red Bluff arson case.

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