A man is in Fresno County Jail after trying to clean up leaves and trash in the Chinatown area by setting the rubbish on fire.
Samuel Figueroa Torres, 25, was arrested near the corner of Kern and F streets in the predawn hours Wednesday and charged with five counts of arson.
“He admitted he did it,” said Lt. Mark Hudson, reading from the police report. “He admits to the fact that he was trying to clean up, that he lit fires because no one cleaned it up.”
Witnesses initially called police about 3 a .m. saying a man matching Torres’ description used a lighter to ignite leaves on the street and trash cans, Hudson said.
Don MacAlpine, Fresno’s deputy fire marshal, said a woman was following Torres telling him to stop setting fires. He told her in Spanish “to call the cops” if she didn’t like it, MacAlpine said.
One of the fires in a trash can spread to a car with a man living inside. The man got out and had to push the car away from the fire, which caused some damage to the car, said MacAlpine.
Altogether, Torres set two piles of leaves ablaze near city trees and two city trash cans on fire, one of which led to the car catching fire.
MacAlpine said Torres told investigators he “was tired of the mess.”
Bail for Torres is listed as $205,000. He also has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold, according to Fresno County Jail records.