Man suspected of setting own home on fire: Sheriff’s


Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about which fire department responded to the fire. The Santee Fire Department responded, and the story has been corrected.

SANTEE, Calif. — A man was in police custody on suspicion of setting his own house on fire in Santee early Saturday morning, authorities said.  

The Santee Fire Department was called to a residential fire around 2:30 a.m. in the 7900 block of Rancho Fanita Drive.

When first responders arrived on scene, the home was fully engulfed. Neighbors were asked to evacuate as a precaution while firefighters quickly put out the flames.

The homeowner was taken into custody and sent to a health center for mental evaluation and treatment, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

A bomb and arson team were also investigating the incident.

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