Arson suspect arrested

Arson suspect arrestedBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

After authorities responded to a house fire on Friday, Sept. 25, police arrested one person suspected of arson.

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to the fire around 6:15 p.m. to a red-tagged home with a fire in the back room. Officers began dousing the flames with garden hoses and the Kern County Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter and had the fire knocked down by around 6:35 p.m.

According to RPD Sgt. Ryan Marrone, the KCFD Arson Unit indicated the fire had been started intentionally using an accelerant. RPD Det. Kyle Cushman and other officers interviewed persons of interest and ultimately arrested 48-year-old Ridgecrest resident Rebecca Young.

Young faces a felony charge of setting fire to an inhabited structure. Though the building was red-tagged, it was a known squatter location to police.

“It’s a house we’ve been dealing with for years,” said Cushman. “There have always been people going in and out of it.”

According to Marrone, Young admitted to starting the fire.

Her pre-preliminary hearing and bail review are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Ridgecrest, with a preliminary hearing to follow on Oct. 8.

China Lake Fire Department assisted with the incident. The fire caused minimal damage and did not threaten any other structures.

Story First Published: 2020-10-02