Newhall woman arrested on suspicion of arson
Resident eyed for allegedly setting brush fire that burned more than an acre of Whittaker-Bermite property
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.”