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Woman charged with arson in connection of Park Fire in Carlsbad

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 20:35:36-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The suspected arsonist behind several fires that sparked in Carlsbad and threatened nearby homes has been arrested.

According to Carlsbad Police, 49-year-old Dawn Ann Crawford was arrested Friday on multiple charges, including arson of a structure and arson of property.

The blaze, dubbed the Park Fire, ignited in the 4000 block of Park Drive, near Capri Park on Jan. 20. Investigators determined that multiple fires were the result of arson.

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The spread of the approximately three acre fire forced roughly 250 homes to be evacuated, but was called off a few hours later when the fire was knocked down. No injuries and no structural damage were reported.

According to police, evidence collected led them to Crawford, who currently is experiencing homelessness.

Crawford was arrested with the assistance of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in the 100 block of Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos. She was booked into the Vista Detention Facility. Crawford was being held on $500,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Feb. 19

No additional information was provided by police about the fire and the investigation is ongoing.