Deputies Find Arson Suspect Holding Lighter in Burning Building: Sheriff

The 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and arson in connection with the fire at the Dana Point Arts Plaza

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    One person was arrested Sunday Aug. 31, 2014 at the scene of a fire in Dana Point. (Published Monday, Sept. 1, 2014)

    A man arrested in connection with an Orange County fire was found holding a lighter inside the burning building, according to the sheriff's department.

    The fire was reported early Sunday morning at the Dana Point Arts Plaza building in the 34100 block of Pacific Coast Highway. After hearing the sound of breaking glass, deputies located a 27-year-old Laguna Niguel man with the lighter inside the building, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

    The suspect was arrested on suspicion of arson and burglary. He was being held on $50,000 bond and a court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

    About 50 Orange County Fire Authority firefighters responded to the fire, extinguished in about 30 minutes. There were no reports of injuries.

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