A Fremont man who was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of setting a fire near a home is being investigated in connection with a series of arson fires in the Warm Springs neighborhood, police said today. Clayton Lewis, 33, was arrested on suspicion of arson and probation violation Thursday night after he was arrested near the scene of a suspicious fire, according to Lt. Mark Devine.
Lewis was arrested after a citizen reported a fire near the side yard of a residence near Washington Boulevard and Olive Avenue around 9:45 p.m., according to police reports. The fire extinguished itself before firefighters arrived, but the resident told officers that a shirtless male on a bicycle had intentionally set the fire, police said. Lewis was located in the area and arrested after he was positively identified as the suspect, police said.
Police said they are now investigating whether Lewis is connected to a series of arson fires that occurred in the early hours of Monday March 10 in the Warm Springs neighborhood. The fires, which occurred within less than an hour starting around 2:40 a.m., damaged a YMCA portable building next to James Leitch Elementary School that houses a preschool, a scoring booth and tree at the Warm Springs Park baseball diamond and a women’s bathroom in the park. No one was injured. All three fires appeared to have been set intentionally, according to fire officials.
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