Ne­whall woman ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of ar­son

Res­i­dent eyed for al­legedly set­ting brush fire that burned more than an acre of Whit­taker-Ber­mite prop­erty

The Signal - - News - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer jholt@sig­nalscv.com 661-287-5527 On Twit­ter @jame­sarthurholt

A Ne­whall woman was ar­rested late Hal­loween night on sus­pi­cion of ar­son for al­legedly set­ting a brush fire that burned more than an acre of Whit­taker Ber­mite prop­erty, on Soledad Canyon Road.

Lori Thomp­son, 51, and un­em­ployed, was ar­rested 11 p.m. on Oct. 31 by deputies of the Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion.

She is ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing sec­tion 451(c) of the Cal­i­for­nia Pe­nal Code, ar­son of a struc­ture or for­est land, a felony.

She was taken into cus­tody with bail set a $75,000.

On Oct. 31, about 8:40 p.m., fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a 1.5-acre brush fire at the edge of the Whit­taker-Ber­mite site near the ap­prox­i­mate cen­ter of the Santa Clarita Val­ley.

Flames were re­ported, ac­cord­ing to Su­per­vi­sor Michael Pittman of the Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment, in what he de­scribed as “light fuel” at the aban­doned site.

The in­ter­sec­tion, also known as Bou­quet Junc­tion, was closed to traf­fic as fire of­fi­cials bat­tled the blaze.

“No one is re­ported to be in­jured and no struc­tures are threat­ened,” said Pittman, adding fire of­fi­cials asked Metrolink to “tem­po­rar­ily halt their rail­road traf­fic un­til we put the fire out.”

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