Man arrested in probe of 1 wildfire in the Santa Cruz mountains

California authorities say they have arrested a man for allegedly starting a fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains that destroyed two homes and injured seven firefighters.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said Friday that 54-year-old Marlon Coy was arrested on suspicion of arson, looting, burglary, causing great bodily injury to firefighters, and destroying forests.

Hart says Coy intentionally started the fire on the night of Oct. 16 after getting into a dispute with a neighbor.

Deputies first detained Coy last week after he was allegedly spotted stealing from evacuated homes. It wasn't immediately known if Coy has retained a lawyer.

It took firefighters 10 days to contain the blaze that scorched 400 acres in the mountain range south of San Francisco and killed a pet cat.

The blaze started as several other wildfires scorched thousands of acres farther north, killing 42 people and burning thousands of homes and other buildings.

Officials are still investigating what started the huge blazes that burned in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba and Mendocino counties.

© 2017 Associated Press


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