Fire in vacant Redding business considered arson

Even though the Redding Fire Department said a cooking or warming fire was the cause of the incident, it is being called arson.

Posted: May 8, 2021 11:20 AM
Updated: May 8, 2021 11:25 AM

REDDING, Calif. – A vacant Redding repair shop in the 4000 block of Eastside Road caught fire early Saturday morning.

According to the Redding Fire Department, the incident is being considered arson.

Though the damage was minimal and there were no injuries, it took six fire engines and 19 firefighters two hours to put out the fire and secure the location.

An investigation revealed that transients broke into the structure and had started a warming or cooking fire in the building, which started a large fire in the structure, said Redding Fire officials.

The fire was reported shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The Redding Fire Department is calling the incident arson, even though it is believed transients started it by building a cooking or warming fire.

Action News Now has reached out to the Redding Fire Department to find out if there were any arrests at the location, and to find out why the incident is considered arson.

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