Potential arson investigation underway after fire in south Chico

The search is on for the person or people responsible for setting an early Monday morning fire in south Chico.

Posted: Jul 20, 2020 7:45 AM
Updated: Jul 20, 2020 8:06 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The search is on for the person or people responsible for setting an early Monday morning fire in south Chico, police say it started at a homeless encampment.

Officer Fuchs tells Action News Now police received a call about the fire at around 3 a.m. Monday. The fire broke out near a bike path behind Marsh Junior High School.

Firefighters quickly put the small fire out along Humboldt Road, near a dry creek bed. Now officers are looking for the person or people who ignited the flames.

As of 7 a.m., Monday police have not been able to find anyone connected to this incident, nor have they provided a suspect(s) description.

If the police do find a suspect in this fire, they will be charged with arson.

There have been no reports of injuries or structures burned. The official cause of the fire has not been released by the Chico Fire Department.

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