A man was arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire that damaged a vacant, two-story Victorian home in Pasadena, authorities said Thursday.
The 38-year-old Pasadena man was arrested at the scene of the fire, which was reported about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday at 30 W. Mountain St., said Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department. His name was not immediately released.
Arriving firefighters discovered flames coming from the second floor of the home, Pasadena fire Deputy Chief Bryan Frieders said.
A second alarm was requested and 55 firefighters surrounded the home and moved to protect nearby homes, said Frieders. No other homes were damaged. Knockdown was declared about 11 p.m., Frieders said.
“Witnesses at the scene … described a possible subject last seen in the building before it caught on fire,” Derderian said. “The Pasadena Fire Department arson investigator arrived on scene to conduct an investigation.
“One of the witnesses who was still at the scene saw the same subject from earlier standing in the crowd at the location and pointed him out to the arson investigator,” Derderian said. “The subject was contacted by the arson investigator and a preliminary interview took place.”
The man was then arrested.