Argument Sparks Suspicious House Fire

Woman believed to be connected to suspicious fire in National City

By Lauren Steussy
|  Saturday, Dec 3, 2011  |  Updated 4:12 PM PDT
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Argument Sparks Suspicious House Fire

Fire crews knocked down the fire at about 2 p.m. Saturday.

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A woman was arrested in connection to a suspicious house fire in a National City neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

Fire crews responded to the house fire just before 2 p.m. Saturday on the 3000 block of Acacia St., police said.

Smoke and flames appeared from the front of the house, and the blaze threatened the rear unit too.

Within minutes, the crews knocked down the fire.

Shortly after, police took Johanna Gutierrez, 21, into custody. They arrested her for burglary and arson, according to a police report.

Police say Gutierrez and her boyfriend had an argument Saturday morning at her house on Julian Ave. The victim left the house to return to his home on Acacia St. When he arrived, he saw Gutierrez running out the front door of his house.

Then the victim's house exploded into flames, a police statement said.

Gutierrez drove away and the victim called the fire department and police. Police later located her a few blocks away on 3800 Beta St.

Police said Gutierrez used gasoline to set her boyfriend's sofa on fire in the bedroom, which was heavily damaged.

No one was injured in the fire. The Metro Arson Strike Team is currently investigating the fire.


 

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