Arsonist suspected in Tuesday’s fires in Roseville

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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An uncaught suspect set a blaze along the Royer/Saugstad park trail Roseville late Tuesday night, according to Roseville Public Information Officer Jaime Garrett. 

At about 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Roseville Fire Department received several calls about a large grass fire burning under the bridge at Clinton Avenue and Darling Way along the dry creek trail.

Fire crews doused the grass fire while effectively containing it to the point of origin with no extension of property or structural damage, according to Garrett.
Shortly after firefighters extinguished the grass fire, Roseville Fire dispatchers received multiple calls about other area fires. The callers reported small fires that started along the dry creek trail down to Saugstad Park, according to Garrett. Roseville firefighters put out the fires Tuesday night and there were no property or structure damage reported.

Then at 10:33 p.m., calls came in about a garage fire at the 500 block of B Street. The fire started outside of Kanidtha Williams’ house and worked itself into the garage causing moderate damage.

Williams was sleeping while her garage was on fire.

“We woke up to roaring flames on our garage,” Williams said. “If we hadn’t escaped through our door in the back, we would have been burned alive.”

Roseville Police Department public information officer Rob Baquera told Gold Country Media the arson is still under investigation, as of press time.

“We have no suspects (at this time) but crime scene investigators (were on location at the garage) to investigate the arson,”  Baquera said.