Monrovia Fire and Rescue Responds to Multiple Fires
Update - (3:34 p.m.) Monrovia Police Department arrested and booked Ryan Dhalliwal, a 25-year-old resident of the City of Monrovia, for arson (PC 451). Dhalliwal was detained early this morning for questioning and has now been arrested and charged for starting the fire to a public book-exchange unit on the 700 block of West Chestnut Avenue.
The investigation is still ongoing for the structure fires at the 700 block of West Colorado Boulevard and 800 block of West Walnut Avenue.
On March 6, Monrovia Fire & Rescue responded to a vegetation fire on the corner of Chestnut Avenue, a fire to a public book-sharing unit, and a structure fire at the 700 block of West Colorado Boulevard. On March 7, the department responded to a structure fire at the 800 block of West Walnut Avenue.
It has been determined that these fires are suspicious in nature. Verdugo Arson Task Force, assisted by the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators, are currently on the scene with K9 units.
The Monrovia Police Department Detective Bureau has detained a person of interest for the incident and is investigating if that person has any connections to the fires. The investigation is still in its infancy and the person of interest has not yet been booked.
Damages were significant to the structure under construction on the 700 block of West Colorado. No one was present in the home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were sustained. In addition, damages were sustained to multiple neighboring houses, along with heat damages to nearby cars. The structure under construction and the adjacent property have both been red-tagged. The City will be issuing a Notice of Order to Abate.
For the fire on the 800 block of Walnut Avenue, two people currently reside at the house, with only one occupant present when the fire began. The person was treated for smoke inhalation and was released at the scene. This home has also been red-tagged.
Property damage and content loss for the fires has been calculated at over $1 million. There were no injuries that required medical care at any of the four fires.
The Monrovia Police Department and Monrovia Fire & Rescue encourages community members to always report any suspicious activities by calling 911.