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Man arrested after arson attempt at Ventura County high school

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A Ventura County man was arrested after an arson fire at a high school.

A South Coast man was arrested after arson investigators say he tried to throw a bag that was on fire through the open window of a school.

It happened October 10th at Fillmore High School. It was on a weekend, so there were no students around. Fortunately, there were no serious damage caused. Investigators used surveillance video to identify a Fillmore man as the suspect in the incident.

They arrested Eric Manzano on an arson charge. The investigators say the 34-year-old man has a prior arson conviction.

They say they are also investigating a string of other suspicious fires in the area during the last few weeks, including ones in Fillmore, Piru, and just outside of Santa Paula.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.