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The Placer County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Rancho Cordova man Monday afternoon for arson following Sunday’s fire in Elverta.

The fire started in Placer County and was wind-swept into Sacramento County. One structure, two outbuildings and 420 acres burned.


Behind the Cellar Door

Behind the Cellar Door

Behind the Cellar Door

Behind the Cellar Door

Two independent eye witnesses placed the suspect, David Petrashishen, 25, at the origination of the fire and gave a detailed description to fire personnel on scene.  A deputy saw Petrashishen walking out of the fire area, and matched the exact description and detained him.  Petrashishen was carrying a lighter and book of matches, along with a pack of cigarettes. During the interview at the jail, Petrashishen made numerous admissions.

Sacramento County Metro Fire and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint investigation. The suspect is being held at the Placer County Jail on arson charges.

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