Visitors to Wildcat Canyon Park put out grass fire, report suspected arsonist to police – CBS San Francisco



RICHMOND (BCN) – Quick-witted park visitors put out a small grass fire using their bottled water and reported an alleged arsonist on Friday morning at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park near Richmond, said the authorities announced.

A park user called the police around 10 a.m. to report that a man, who allegedly used a lighter, lit burning grass near the Belgium Trail in the park, according to regional park district police from East Bay.

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Visitors to the park quickly sprayed the small fire with their water and gave police a description of the suspect.

Police found the suspect in the park, where he was arrested on suspicion of arson. He was imprisoned in Martinez prison.

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Fire crews also intervened to keep an eye out for the still smoking grass, police said.

“Thank you to members of the community who acted quickly to put out the fire and provided excellent information allowing officers to quickly locate and detain the suspect,” the parks police said in a Facebook post.

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