Man arrested for starting 2 dumpster fires in Fresno

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — The Fresno Fire Department says 18-year-old Alfred Sosa intentionally started dumpster fires near two different Fresno businesses. Sosa was arrested Monday and is facing a felony arson charge.

Late Sunday night, crews were called to the Valley Food store in Central Fresno for a dumpster fire, which charred the back of the building.

Firefighters worked quickly to keep the flames from spreading inside the store.

Investigators say the circumstances were similar to another dumpster fire less than a half mile away, last Friday morning.

That one at the historic Peerless building offers space for entrepreneurs to do creative work.

“It’s hard not to be angry,” said Nader Assemi, co-owner of the Peerless Building.

Fresno Fire says Sosa is seen in surveillance video setting the fire and then walking away.

From another angle of the footage, the suspect can be seen leaving the scene just as firefighters arrive.

Investigators say a relative of Sosa recognized him in the surveillance footage and that he lives in the downtown area.

Fresno Fire Chief Billy Alcorn issued this statement: “Anyone setting intentional fires in our community will be investigated, arrested, and prosecuted. Our firefighters work incredibly hard to respond to numerous emergency services calls each day and intentionally set fires have the potential of delaying their responses to those true emergencies within our community. These acts will not be tolerated.”

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.