(WEED, Calif.) — A California man has been arrested and charged with arson on suspicion of starting a fire that eventually destroyed 150 homes in the Northern California town of Weed, police said.
Ronald Beau Marshall, 24, of Weed, was arrested this morning and taken to Siskiyou County Jail, the Weed Police Department said in a statement.
He was held on $250,000 bail.
The fire began on the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 15, in an area of south of Mount Shasta in Northern California.
It spread quickly and became known as the Boles Fire, destroying 150 homes and eight businesses.
Weed City Councilor Stacey Green told ABC News affiliate KDRV he is “ecstatic” that an arrest has been made, and that the community will be on “pins and needles” awaiting the result for the court process.
He added that the community continues to recover and is heartened by the way they have come together.
Police said that although Marshall was arrested, the investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing.
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