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Arrest Made In Connection With String Of Arson Fires On South Coast

(Oxnard Police Department photo)
One of the dumpsters burned in a string of arson fires in Oxnard. An arrest has been made in connection with the blazes.

Police and fire department investigators say surveillance camera video led to the arrest of a man for a string of 18 arson fires on the South Coast.

The fires targeted dumpsters in an Oxnard neighborhood.  Fortunately, none of the fires spread to homes or other neighboring structures.  Some residents along San Gorgonio Avenue supplied investigators with surveillance camera video which helped identify the suspect.

They arrested Jose Bernal of Oxnard on an unrelated charge, and say when he was questioned he confessed to the dumpster fires as well as to some other arson blazes in the city. 

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.