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Transient arrested for Ventura arson fires, possession of stolen property

Patrick Mcinenly (Ventura Police Dept.)

August 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Ventura police and fire personnel responded to a series of fires in the city at about 10:45 p.m. Monday. Five fires were located and extinguished within three-quarters of a mile between Figueroa and Hurst streets.

A witness provided investigators with a description of a man who started the fires at 1220 E. Thompson Blvd., according to Ventura Police.

Patrick Mcinenly, a 36-year-old Ventura transient, was located near Front and Kalorama streets. Investigators determined Mcinenly had intentionally set the fires. Police also found Mcinenly was in possession of stolen personal property.

Mcinenly was booked at Ventura County Jail for arson and possession of stolen property.

The fires burned in two homeless encampments, two trash bins and there were two vegetation fires.