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Needles man tries to set his own apartment on fire

May 22, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, May 21, at about 7:45 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station / Needles Police Department responded to an apartment complex at 1970 Clary Drive after a fire was reported. At the apartment complex deputies and fire personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire Department located an upstairs apartment where a neighbor had extinguished a fire burning on the exterior patio.

Further investigation revealed the sole occupant of the apartment, Andrew Cisneros, attempted to set several fires throughout the interior of the apartment before closing the apartment doors, disabling the smoke alarms, and leaving the home. A neighbor from a separate apartment saw the smoke and fire and extinguished the fire before it became out of control.

All occupants of the building were safely evacuated, and there were no injuries. The fire only damaged personal property and debris belonging to Cisneros. Deputy Bevan found Cisneros walking around the apartment complex, and he was subsequently arrested for arson.

A detective from the Sheriff's Arson/Bomb Detail and an investigator from the San Bernardino County Fire Department were called to the scene to assist with the investigation. Andrew Cisneros (age 27 of Needles) was arrested and booked into the Needles Jail for unlawfully setting a fire. His bail was set at $25,000.

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