A California garbage truck driver was arrested in connection with 2019 sandalwood fire As a result, two people were killed and more than 1,000 acres burned, authorities said.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection peace officers detained Antonio Ornelas Velasquez on Saturday.
He was charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of unlawfully causing a fire causing significant bodily injury.
The Riverside County Fire Department said in a tweet that Ornlas-Velasquez is accused of setting the deadly fire after he threw a burning load of trash next to dry plants.
“The fire spread from the burning pile of garbage into the dry vegetation, killing civilians, destroying 72 buildings, destroying 16 buildings and burning more than 1,000 acres of vegetation,” fire officials said.
The fire was contained in October 2019.
The two victims were discovered at Villa Kalemsa Mobile Home Park. Authorities identified one of them as 89-year-old Louis Ariffixon.
Eriksson’s son told reporters that he was on the phone with his mother as she was preparing to leave her home when the line suddenly broke. NBC Los Angeles.
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Another victim is 61-year-old Hannah Labelle Desert sun. Caitlin Campbell, a friend of the family, told the newspaper that La Belle was trying “madly” to fight the fast-moving fire with a garden hose that caught fire from behind her home.
Watch them said [saw] She went to her house after she was unable to fight the fire, only to see her again. “
The Desert Sun newspaper reported that authorities found her body inside her home and later announced her death.