MARTINEZ (KCBS)— Contra Costa County Fire crews have a fire that grew to three-alarms at multiple homes in Martinez under control and one person is in custody for what officials say looks to be the work of a single arsonist.
The three separate fires broke out Wednesday around 1 p.m. according to investigators with the fire department. When crews responded to the blaze at a townhome at 1595 Ashwood Dr. in the Vine Hill neighborhood, they noticed another fire at 1577 Ashwood and then the third at 1579. A fourth home was damaged as well.READ MORE: 6 Arrested After 2 Sideshows In Vallejo
Up to 12 firefighter apparatus were brought onto the scene to battle the blaze, which was mostly confined to the exterior of the wood-framed townhomes.
At about 1:40 p.m. Martinez police arrested a man on suspicion of arson.
“It could have been really, really bad today. We were very fortunate, very lucky there were no injuries to any of the homeowners of the townhouses or to any of our firefighters,” said Contra Costa County Fire Department Inspector Lisa Martinez.
One woman who lives among the damaged homes said she was happy the fire and police departments responded so quickly and that they were able to get it under control. The woman’s property was not damaged.READ MORE: Plan For Urban Village At San Jose's New BART Station Raises Concerns With Local Businesses
Firefighters managed to get things under control by 2:07 a dispatcher said.
Officials did not immediately release any more information about the suspect.
One neighbor, Allan Brown, said he saw police use a Taser stun gun to detain a man after a foot pursuit near the scene of the fire.
Mike Kindle, who was working to move a woman out of a nearby unit, said earlier in the day he saw a man arguing with law enforcement officials, then later saw smoke coming from the unit.MORE NEWS: Passenger Jet Narrowly Missed Truckee Homes When It Crashed
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