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Con Fire Breaks Down Calls Handled During A Hot July

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Report multiple fireworks-related citations, two arson arrests

CONCORD, CALIF., August 9, 2021 โ€“ Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con
Fire) today announced fourteen fireworks-related citations and two arson arrests by its Fire
Investigation Unit (FIU) investigators in the month of July.

Con Fire investigators issued citations to 14 individuals for illegal possession and/or sale of
fireworks and two individuals for intentionally setting fires that occurred in the county in July.

Summaries of each of the July arson arrests follow:
On July 6, a Con Fire investigator responded to a reported vehicle fire in the 2100 block of
Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Investigation of surveillance videos from nearby businesses showed a
male suspect. After clearing the scene, the investigator conducted an area search and located
the subject on Atlantic Avenue, approximately two blocks from the incident. The subject was
detained and later arrested and transported to Martinez Detention Facility for booking.

On July 27, Amanda Wright was found and arrested in Concord on a warrant stemming from an
August 27, 2020 fire. On that date, at approximately 5:48 p.m., fire crews responded to a
reported structure fire in the 100 block of N. Bella Monte Ave. in Bay Point. After investigation, it
was determined the fire was intentionally set and the suspect was identified as Wright. An arrest
warrant was sought and obtained at the time. Wright currently remains in custody awaiting
arraignment.

Con Fireโ€™s FIU urges residents to help them fight the crime of arson across the county by calling
the Arson Tip line at 1-866-50-ARSON. They caution residents not to hesitate on information
that seems too little or unimportant to matter, adding some of the most valuable tips come from
residents who were not aware what they saw was very important to the investigation of an
incident.

At 1-866-50-ARSON, residents can leave a recorded message about fire-related criminal
activity in English or Spanish. Tips can be anonymous, but all tips are treated confidentially. Fire
investigators sometimes need additional information, so inclusion of name and phone number is
encouraged.

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