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Man accused of setting 85-acre fire on Camp Pendleton reports to court


Camp Pendleton fire

Last week an 85-acre blazed aboard Camp Pendleton. This week, the man accused of starting that fire pled not-guilty, according to NBC San Diego.

Witnesses say they saw a man running through the golf course aboard Pendleton on June 14, 2017. They saw a fire start shortly thereafter with thick smoke and flames.

Several units deployed to put out the fire including 14 engines, nine fire chiefs, one medic unit, two helicopters and one air attack supervisor. Thanks to the quick efforts of crews, no buildings were lost or damaged and no one was hurt in the fire.

Jose Antonio Torres, 35, appeared in court “very nonchalant” and plead not guilty, according to the news source. NBC News has also reported that Torres has a lengthy criminal history which led to his bail being increased from $75,000 to $175,000.

He is due to report to court once later in June.

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