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Redding Police Arrest Suspect in New Year's Day Bridge Fire

Redding police have identified the woman suspected of setting a railroad bridge on fire on New Year's Day.

Posted: Jan. 3, 2019 11:35 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Redding police have identified the woman suspected of setting a railroad bridge on fire on New Year's Day.

Connie Ginger Bautista,32, was found near the scene of the fire which started just south of Bonnyview Road on Highway 273. 

Fire investigators said they found burned papers which were likely used to ignite the train trestle. They also said the chemical coating meant to preserve the wood helped it catch fire. 

"She admitted to starting the bridge on fire which gave me probable cause to arrest her for arson 451c which is arson to a structure, which is a felony," said Mike Ham, a Redding fire investigator. 

Union Pacific representatives are not sure at this time whether there is any structural damage or if repairs need to be made.

In the meantime, they're rerouting all train traffic so additional stress is not put on the structure.

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