Homeless migrant arrested for arson in California wildfire

Homeless migrant arrested for arson in California wildfire
Wall of flames in Napa County, CA. (Image: Screen grab of CBS video, YouTube)

California’s four-county Wine Country region has already suffered America’s deadliest fire with 41 fatalities, 88 people still missing, 188,000 acres burned, and at least $3 billion worth of homes and businesses destroyed, according to CalFire.

But [Pacific Gas & Electric] stock vaulted $4.48 to settle at $57.88 in after-hours trading on Tuesday, following reports that Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, 29, a homeless man and the subject of an ICE detainer request, was arrested and charged with felony arson.

Sonoma County Sheriffs arrested Mr. Gonzalez at Maxwell Regional Park, after a series of reports of ongoing fires in the region. Jesus Fabian Gonzalez was observed around 3:00 p.m. PDT wearing a jacket and walking “out of the creek area and a plume of smoke behind him,” according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Mr. Gonzalez, who is reportedly known by law enforcement to have been living under a nearby bridge, claimed he was cold and had lit the fire to stay warm. But it was a balmy 78 degrees when Mr. Gonzalez and the plume of smoke were first observed.

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