The Riverside County's Sheriff's Department said in a tweet that deputies detained two people following the chase of a stolen vehicle around 4 p.m. Thursday.
The chase ended when a patrol car followed the vehicle through a fence and into a field behind the homes near the intersection of Phyllis and Bay avenues.
The suspects exited the vehicle and attempted to get away and the deputies followed, according to Deputy Robyn Flores.
The fire was sparked sometime during the incident, scorching two homes, three shed-type structures and nine vehicles, fire officials said. Two of the vehicles belonged to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Dozens of homes were evacuated as Cal Fire Riverside firefighters worked to put out the flames.
There were no injuries reported.
Those evacuated were being directed to Towngate Elementary School.
#MorenoValley— Riverside County Sheriff's Dept (@RSO) August 16, 2019
Towngate Elementary School (22480 Dracaea) will be the evacuation site for the fire in Moreno Valley. Updates to follow as more information is obtained. Please stay out of the area - Bay Avenue between Grant and Ellsworth. https://t.co/nIVUPtCEEw