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Arrest Made For Arson Fire At South Coast Homeless Shelter

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A Ventura County man has been arrested for an arson fire at a homeless shelter.  Last Thursday, someone set a bag of clothes on fire and threw it onto the roof of the Oxnard Navigation Center.  It’s a shelter set up in what used to be the Oxnard National Guard Armory.

The fire was put out quickly.  There were no injuries, and only minor damage.  Oxnard Police arson investigators reviewed video footage of the area.  They identified a man who had been helped by the shelter as the suspect. 

Jose Leyva was spotted by officers on patrol Monday, and arrested.   Detectives say they are now looking to see if the 55-year-old man may have been involved with other arson attacks in the region.

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.