San Diego Sheriff’s officials have arrested a man they say is responsible for a string of arson fires in Bonita.
Edwin Fisk, a 44-year-old transient, was arrested in Bonita by sheriff’s deputies and booked into Central Jail Wednesday evening.
The arrest is connected to a string of small fires that took place from April 29 to May 1 near Willow and Bonita roads. Deputies with the bomb and arson unit were investigating the series.
The flames left residents wondering who set them and why.
"It's crazy because you just never know when something like that can happen," said Bonita homeowner Sheilah Gonzales. "Even just throwing out a cigarette anywhere where there's leaves, it can spark something so fast."
One of the small fires took place behind a liquor store on the 4200 block of Bonita Road in Bonita. That fire was near a creek bed where other blazes had recently broken out.
One burned dangerously close to an office building owned by Tom Miletich.
"All the homeowners behind, the businesses, I have tenants here. It's a hazard to them," he said.
Investigators gathered evidence to link the crimes to Fisk but did not detail what that evidence was. They also say eyewitness accounts helped crack the case.
Fisk is being held on $75,000 bail and is set to appear in court on Friday at 1:30 p.m.