The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station continued their investigation Friday after multiple fires broke out within minutes of each other in Newhall Thursday night, which officials said they believe were incidental following a domestic issue.
Deputies received “a call for service regarding a domestic incident and the suspect in that case may have lit several fires incidentally but not committing arson,” said Sgt. Bengtson, who asked that his first name not be used. “He (the suspect) was attempting to destroy his or his wife’s property.”
Bengtson confirmed the property to be a vehicle, although he did not have an immediate description of the car.
Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters responded to a vehicle fire near Trumpet Drive at around 10:15 p.m., according to Supervisor Bernard Peters.
About 30 minutes earlier, crews had also responded to a vegetation fire in the 23000 block of Newhall Avenue near Valle Del Oro. Firefighters quickly doused the 1.5-acre blaze around 10:02 p.m., according to LACoFD Supervisor Michael Pittman.
“We have a 1-acre (fire), light-to-medium brush at the top of the hillside,” Pittman said as fire personnel responded.
The blaze resulted in a burned power pole and impacted two Southern California Edison customers. Their power was said to be restored by Friday morning, according to Edison spokesman Paul Griffo.
Multiple witnesses said they saw the possible suspect depart from a vehicle and flee the area as the fire began to spread.
Angel Enriquez, a fifth-grade student from Newhall, was among those who saw one of the fires break out.
“We went inside and then 10 minutes later, we heard sirens so we just went outside and looked and it was a huge fire. (I) felt scared; I started packing my bags,” he said.
Other witnesses nearby said they noticed a green Jeep in nearby hilly areas just before the fires started.
Sheriff’s officials did not immediately confirm Friday morning whether a suspect had been found.
Staff Writer Caleb Lunetta contributed to this report. This is a breaking news story and additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.