UPDATE: Man Accused of Arson in Fire That Damaged Parents' Home

Structure fire in the 13000 block of Third Street, Yucaipa, Calif., Friday Jan. 120, 2014. Photo submitted by Teresa Cowan.
Structure fire in the 13000 block of Third Street, Yucaipa, Calif., Friday Jan. 120, 2014. Photo submitted by Teresa Cowan.
Update 12:44 p.m. A Yucaipa resident who lives near a home that caught fire Friday morning on Third Street described what she saw.

"My father-in-law called us around 8 this morning asking what was going on," Teresa Cowan, 24, said in a phone interview with Patch. "He just lives down the street from us and we live more towards county line so I walked outside and saw a bunch of black smoke . . .

"My daughter and I went to the end of the drive way and saw a guy getting arrested," Cowan said. "Saw the whole look like trailer or garage attachment on fire, smelt horrible. All we could do was pray that everyone was safe."

Third Street was blocked off by fire and law enforcement from about 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Cowan said.

Update 12:34 p.m.
 A Yucaipa man has been arrested and accused of arson in connection with a fire that damaged his parents' home Friday morning, a sheriff's spokeswoman tells Patch in a phone interview.

Paul James Cary, 20, was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. Jan. 10 while fire crews were on scene in the 13600 block of Third Street, according to Cindy Bachman of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The home that burned was his parents' home and everyone was evacuated safely, Bachman said.

Cary was booked on one count of arson and his bail was $250,000, Bachman said.

Asked whether there was any indication of a drug lab or an explosion preceding the fire, Bachman said there was not.

Posted 11:44 a.m. A fire broke out Friday morning in Yucaipa, a home was damaged, the cause was determined to be arson and an arrest was made, a Cal Fire division chief said in a phone interview.

The fire was reported at 8:12 a.m. Jan. 10 in the 13000 block of Third Street, Division Chief Glenn Barley said. Four engine companies responded from Yucaipa and Calimesa.

"The first arriving units reported a single family dwelling 25 percent involved, primarily the garage with some extension into the attic," Barley said. "It took about 20 minutes to knock down the fire."

There was about $80,000 damage to the structure and contents, Barley said. About 70 percent of the structure was saved.

There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians, Barley said.

"The cause was determined to be arson," Barley said. "The Yucaipa sheriff's station made an arrest."

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