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* Scott Weinberg Arrested In Connection With Walnut Creek Fires At Wendy’s Restaurant And Comcast’s Headquarters

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A Walnut Creek man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of setting fire to a Wendy’s restaurant Wednesday night and to Comcast’s headquarters early Thursday morning, Walnut Creek police Sgt. Tom Cashion said today.Scott Weinberg, 51, is being held in county jail on suspicion of two counts of arson. His bail has been set at $300,000, a county jail official said.The first fire was reported at about 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Wendy’s at 2955 North Main St. in Walnut Creek.Aldo Assaras, a manager at the restaurant, said today that the fire did not cause any serious damage and the restaurant opened as usual Thursday.The fire at the Comcast building, however, caused much more serious damage.That fire was reported at 3:45 a.m. Thursday at the company’s headquarters at 1267 Arroyo Way near North Broadway in Walnut Creek, police said.According to Andrew Johnson, vice president of communications for Comcast, the fire caused extensive damage and left 40,000 customers without cable or Internet service for two and a half hours.The network operations building was up and running Thursday and services were restored to customers, but the administrative building sustained extensive damage and could remain closed for several months while repairs are made, Johnson said.He did not have a damage estimate today and said he did not know why anyone would want to set fire to the business.Arson investigators determined that both fires were suspicious and Weinberg was identified as “a person of interest” shortly after the fires were discovered, Walnut Creek police said. Weinberg was arrested at his home early Thursday morning, Cashion said.

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