Yorba Linda arson surveillance video released; suspect sought

YORBA LINA, Calif. (KABC) -- A search is underway for a suspect who set fire to a home in Yorba Linda. Investigators hope newly released surveillance video will help catch the culprit.

The suspect was caught on surveillance video breaking a window at a home on Felicia Drive around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. He then ignites a container of fuel. He appears to catch himself on fire before lobbing it inside the home.

"We heard a loud pop, and it was really loud," said neighbor Chris Dudzinski.

The fire quickly spread.

"The front door was already engulfed in flames. There were flames coming out already from the house," Dudzinski said.

The family's daughter in her 20s and a dog were inside the house at the time. They both had to be treated for smoke inhalation following the blaze.

"She was taking a shower, and she came down, and (the fire) had already spread," said neighbor James Bigani.

So far, the motive is not clear, but some neighbors claim the homeowner had trouble with a contractor, who he had to fire.

"I understand that he made some threats," said neighbor Stephen Zolnay.

Officials said the fire caused nearly $1 million in damage.

The Orange County Fire Authority said the suspect fled the scene on a child's BMX-style bike and headed east on Felicia Drive toward Avenida Rio Del Oro and Yorba Linda Boulevard. He was described as having dark complexion, brown or black hair and a heavy build. He was wearing a red pull-over style jacket, blue jeans and clear glasses.

Officials believe the suspect may have suffered burns on his right hand, arm and face. He may have also singed his facial hair. His clothes may have also been burned.

If you have any information about this incident, you're urged to contact the Orange County Fire Authority Investigations Services Section at (714) 573-6720.

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