in San Bernardino


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San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig


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For the past year, San Bernardino County Fire (SBCoFire) investigators have been tracking a subject who is believed to have started at least 8 fires in the City of San Bernardino.

The majority (5) of the fires were started in the foothills above Sterling Ave. and E. Foothill Boulevard, dating as far back as July 3, 2016. Due to the quick response and actions of firefighters, 7 of the fires were quickly extinguished but burned anywhere from 1-8 acres.

However, on June 27, 2017, following the ignition of the Mart Fire in the drainage East of Walmart at Highland Avenue and Frontage Road, winds quickly carried embers across State Route-330 into the dry vegetation. The wind driven Mart Fire quickly spread the fire up the mountain-side, endangering nearby homes and burning at least 670 acres.

Wednesday August 23rd, San Bernardino County Fire Investigators, with the assistance of San Bernardino Police Deparment Investigators, executed a search warrant in San Bernardino at the home of 38 year-old Peter Granados; subsequently arresting him for arson. Upon questioning, Granados admitted to setting all 8 fires, including the Mart Fire.

Granados was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for PC451(d); arson, with bail set at $275,000.

Investigators determined Granados used an open flame device to light combustibles on fire. No injuries were sustained as a result of the fires.   

Eyewitnesses are credited for their bravery in coming forward and sharing what they saw with investigators. It is due to their awareness and diligence that led investigators to Granados.


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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan


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