The responding firefighters were able to knock down the blaze by 2:15 a.m. They then had to do a thorough search to confirm no homeless victims were inside the building. Continue reading
A car that crashed and burst into flames early Wednesday, Sept. 19, may have been in a street race, according to the O.C. Register.
Responding OCFA firefighters showed up at the scene at 12:20 a.m., at the 2060 block of South Ritchey. What they found was a white sedan that was completely engulfed in flames, according to the OCFA. Continue reading
Santa Ana firefighters from the OCFA responded to a structure fire this evening at the 1000 block of N. Olive Street, in the Washington Square Neighborhood. Two victims were reported to be trapped in the structure.
The firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. They then rescued the victims and they searched the structure. They confirmed that ere were no additional missing or trapped persons. Continue reading
The fire happened in the early morning hours of July 11. Rojas was burned over 60 percent of his body and was in critical condition with third degree burns. He also injured his respiratory system and had to be intubated immediately. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
ARRESTED: Gustavo Garcia (26) Homeless
CHARGES: PC 451(c) & (d) Arson – Felony
At a Public Safety Committee Meeting on July 10, 2018 residents of neighborhoods adjacent to Jack Fisher Park creekbed expressed concern regarding ongoing, reported fires in the area. Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) detectives working with Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) investigators were already monitoring these reported incidents to establish if there was an ongoing series. Following the meeting, SAPD and OCFA formulated an immediate action plan that included, 24/7 monitoring of the area by police personnel along with fire investigators. SAPD and OCFA also worked collaboratively with the Orange Police and Fire Departments, as two fire incidents were reported in their city and possibly related to this series. According to reports from OCFA, there were four fires that appeared to have been intentionally set in the Jack Fisher Park and Santiago Creek area on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Continue reading
An OCFA fire crew and SAPD police officers found a body inside a burning car parked on a driveway of a Santa Ana home at the 900 block of South Hickory Street at about 7:30 a.m. this Friday morning, July 13, according to the O.C. Register.
The firemen extinguished the car, which was burning in the driveway of a home. While firefighters were in the process of putting out the fire, they found a body inside the vehicle, according to ABC News. Continue reading
SAPD police officers responding to a report of a teen boy who had been injured by fireworks on the 4th of July were attacked by a group of thugs with bottle rockets late Wednesday night in Santa Ana, according to CBS News.
SAPD police officers responded to the scene which was an apartment building at the 700 block of South Lyon Street at about 11 p.m. when they were called to assist OCFA firefighters on a call regarding a 17-year-old boy who had been hurt when an explosive device blew up in his hand, according to the SAPD. Continue reading
SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
Valid: Wednesday, July 4 through Thursday, July 5, 2018
Air quality is likely to reach unhealthful levels in areas throughout the South Coast Air Basin and in the Coachella Valley at times through July 5. Emissions from fireworks are expected to contribute to elevated levels of particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), which can reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality category, or higher, during and after the evening fireworks displays related to Independence Day celebrations. The firework emissions are expected to begin in the evening of Wednesday, July 4th with particulate levels expected to remain elevated through the morning of Thursday, July 5th.
The smoke and combustion products from fireworks add to the fine particles already present in the Basin that are primarily caused by motor vehicles, as well as fugitive dust and industrial emissions. Ozone concentrations are also expected to reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category or higher, in the afternoons and evenings through the holiday into the upcoming weekend in many inland areas.
SCAQMD Advisory updates can be found at the following link: Continue reading
In the last two weeks, the Costa Mesa Police Department has seized 1,300 pounds of illegal fireworks. The City of Costa Mesa is a zero-tolerance city. Selling illegal fireworks is a felony, and possession/use of illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor punishable by up to $1000 fine and/or jail time.
Selling illegal fireworks in Santa Ana also can result in a minimum fine of $1,000 and even up to one year in jail. However will the SAPD actually get serious about illegal fireworks this year? Continue reading
The same week that an Orange County Judge stopped the County of Orange from removing the homeless from the Santa Ana River trail, Marilyn Fajardo, a 26-year-old allegedly homeless woman was arrested in Santa Ana on suspicion of starting a fire that burned a tree, a storage container and two semi-truck trailers, according to the SAPD.
Witnesses told the SAPD that Fajardo had been seen at the scene at the fire, with a lighter. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Case # 18CF0326
Date: January 30, 2018
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged with attempted murder and arson for setting fire to a tent with a homeless man and woman inside in Santa Ana.
Defendant: James Anthony Lawlor, 35, Santa Ana
Charged on Jan. 26, 2018, with the following felony counts: Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
Suspect/Arrested: James Anthony Lawlor (35) Santa Ana
On Friday, 01/19/2018 at 8:20 am, SAPD officers responded to the vacant lot in the 1300 block of West Tolliver for a tent fire. Officers located the fire and two victims, one male and one female, who advised they were inside their tent when the suspect, who they described as male Hispanic, 35-40 years old, wearing black slacks and a black coat, approached their tent. The suspect then told the occupants they had 15 minutes to leave the area or he would return with his Glock handgun. The male occupant in the tent stuck his head out to talk to the suspect and was immediately kicked twice on the head by the suspect. Continue reading