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Man Accused of Trying to Set Fire to Vista Apartment Complex

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    Man Arrested in Vista Apartment Arson

    NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports from the Mesa Garden Apartments in Vista on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (Published Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014)

    A man tried to set fire to a Vista apartment complex roof and then hid in a shed at a nearby church, officials said Thursday.

    Firefighters rushed to the Mesa Garden Apartment Homes on East Bobier Drive near East Vista Way just after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

    When they arrived, they found large tree branches on fire atop Building M.

    Firefighters fought the fire from the rooftop as well as from inside the unit. Residents inside the apartment had to be evacuated while crews worked to fight that fire.

    The apartment building had some charring on the rooftop, officials said.

    San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies set up a perimeter and began searching for the person who set the fire.

    Moments later, deputies found a man hiding in a shed at a nearby church.

    Juan Bojorquez was arrested for arson and being under the influence of a controlled substance, officials said.

    Officials say it’s not clear if the suspect has any connection to the apartments or the residents there.

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