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Suspect arrested for arson after fire closed Highway 101 in Carpinteria

Montecito Fire Department is investigating a series of fires that broke out in Carpinteria that caused several closures on Northbound Highway 101 throughout Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Posted at 6:18 AM, Feb 22, 2022

A man has been arrested for arson in starting the Carpinteria fire that closed Highway 101 to Via Real on Saturday, February 19.

The suspect, 24-year-old Santiago Garcia-Soriano of Carpinteria, admitted to Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies he was behind the flames after being found on Monday evening digging near the scene of the fire.

Garcia-Soriano was detained for felony arson to property and a cocaine possession misdemeanor. He was booked at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail on an increased bail of $250,000