Tenant torched landlord’s home, neighbors say

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SAN DIEGO — A man delivering newspapers early Thursday got an Otay Mesa woman out of her burning mobile home, authorities said.

The fire at the Ocean Bluff Mobile Home Park at 3340 Del Sol Blvd. was reported at 4:57 a.m., according to a San Diego fire dispatcher. Fire crews arrived quickly and put it out about 20 minutes later, but the home was a total loss.

The heat from the fire was so intense that it cracked the windows of a home across the street and melted the vinyl shutters.

The man who reported the fire but spoke only Spanish and was unable to give an exact address, the dispatcher said. He then went to the front door of the home and knocked until the woman who lives there heard him and was able to get out.

Neighbors said the sounds from the blaze woke them.

“I woke up to bang, bang, bang and look out the window and it was windows exploding from her house,” Sheila Martinez said.

Martinez said a man who had rented a room in the home from the elderly owner had threatened to burn the place down on Wednesday.

“She had him removed from property and had a restraining order put against him, and apparently that was what set him off,” Martinez said.

Police arrested John Peacock at the scene. An officer who served him the restraining order Wednesday recognized him walking near the burned out mobile home. Charges against Peacock were pending, police said.

The Red Cross was working to find temporary housing for the woman.

“She’s doing fine. I mean she’s lost everything, but she’s alive. That’s what matters,” Martinez said.

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