Man Arrested on Suspicion of Setting 3 Fires at a Construction Company

Man Arrested on Suspicion of Setting 3 Fires at a Construction Company

MARTINEZ — An apparently disgruntled former employee was arrested on suspicion of setting three fires at a construction company. The suspect was recorded by security cameras fleeing from the premises.

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District announced the man’s arrest on March 23. The 36-year-old suspect Fabian Vera was taken into custody March 16.

Fabian remains housed at the Martinez Detention Facility ineligible for release on bond, pending a court hearing this week.

He is suspected of starting fires March 10 outside JFC Construction Inc., located at 4901 Pacheco Boulevard in Martinez. Firefighters responded at 7:20 p.m.

Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters located three separate fires, which they quickly extinguished. The blazes nevertheless caused an estimated $75,000 in damages.

One fire burned a utility truck containing spools of telecommunications cable. A second fire was located inside a wheelbarrow underneath a large roof overhang.

The third fire was burning in a storage yard adjacent to a stack of lumber. An arson inquiry was conducted by fire district officials. Investigators determined the business was having problems with a recently terminated employee.

Surveillance videos show Vera on the property and leaving at the time the fires were set.

A warrant was obtained for Vera’s arrest, and Contra County Sheriff’s Office deputies located and arrested Vera in Bay Point.

Vera faces charges for arson, burglary, and vandalism defacing a property.

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