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A woman has been arrested for what Sheriff’s and Fire Department investigators say was a string of arson fires at a Ventura County resort.

Ventura County firefighters were called to the Ojai Valley Inn at about two a.m. Thursday by reports of a fire.  They found several small spot brush fires around the property, and a larger fire in a maintenance building.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A fire at a South Coast elementary school is now being called arson, and a boy has been arrested.

A fire alarm went off just after seven a.m. Monday at Cypress Elementary School, in Newbury Park.  Ventura County firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the roof of the school’s auditorium.

Authorities say it was a strange arson case on the Central Coast, involving a Confederate flag.

A man was arrested after witnesses say he set fire to a Confederate flag draped over the rear of a woman’s pickup truck.

A man has been arrested for arson following a pair of brush fires west of Ventura.

Ventura County firefighters were called to the area west of Solimar Beach Saturday afternoon. One fire burned about two acres of brush, and a second a small spot. A Ventura County air unit called to the scene to help deal with the blazes spotted a man in the area.

Torry Fisher was picked up for questioning, and Sheriff’s deputies say the 39 year old man admitted starting the blazes. The fires were stopped before they could damage homes, or other structures.

A Ventura County dentist has been sentenced to a year in county jail after prosecutors say he pled guilty to starting fires in the offices of some of his competitors.

Leopold Weinstein of Moorpark had entered gilty to three arson counts stemming from fires at some Camarillo dentists offices in 2014 and 2015.

The 65 year old Moorpark man was also placed on probation, and ordered to pay restitution to the victims.

An arrest has been made in connection to a series of arson fires in Ventura.

Police said 37-year-old Elisabeth Hurtadovera started at least six fires on Saturday between midnight and 3:30 in the morning. Firefighters responded and knocked the fires down.

Authorities said the first fire was spotted in the area of Shenandoah Street and Portola Road at about 12:20 am. Then, just before 2 am, four additional fires were found burning between the 2400 and 2600 blocks of Main Street. At just before 3:30 in the morning, a witness reported that a woman set fire to a trash can and shopping cart near Ventura Avenue and Prospect Road. 

For the fourth time in about a month, Santa Barbara fire investigators are trying to find out who started a fire near the buildings at McKinley Elementary school on Cliff Drive and Loma Alta on the mesa.

Friday night another small fire broke out in the dry grass on the campus.

Investigators say an arsonist started a fire at the Art Essentials store in downtown Santa Barbara Sunday at 8 a.m.

Smoke and flames from the Santa Barbara High School building brought out fire officials, who are officially labeling the cause as arson.

Fire investigators say it was intentionally set in a field house storage building near the stadium.

An alleged arsonist is now in custody in connection to a destructive apartment complex fire on the Central Coast last year that seriously injured one person.

Santa Maria Police say 19-year-old Daniel Abraham Reyna of Lake Forest was arrested on Thursday and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on a felony arson charge. Investigators say they believe he set the fire to the Vizcaya Apartments on Sonya Lane in Santa Maria on March 12th of last year. Firefighters say they arrived on the scene and found several apartments engulfed in flames and smoke.