Two men arrested for allegedly starting fires inside Butte Co. homes

CAL FIRE: Both men were under the influence

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Two men have been arrested in Butte County for allegedly lighting fires inside homes, according to CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire. 

Officials said both men were arrested on Friday, September 29. 

Friday afternoon, at 3:16 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a fire in the 500 block of Stoney Oaks Loop in Bangor. Upon arrival, firefighters found a house and one outbuilding fully involved with some of the fire spreading to vegetation. 

Joe Padilla, 62, was arrested for unlawfully causing a fire to an inhabited structure, unlawfully causing a fire to forest land, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Padilla was booked into the Butte County Jail and his bail has been set at $31,000. 

At 11:50 p.m. Friday, firefighters responded to a residential fire in the 1200 block of Almond Avenue in Gridley. When firefighters arrived they found a fire burning inside the garage attached to the home and quickly extinguished it. 

With the assistance of the Butte County Sheriff's Office, Jordan Anders, 25, was arrested for arson to an inhabited structure and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Anders was booked into the Butte County Jail and his bail was set at $251,000. 

"We are very fortunate that no members for the public or any firefighters were injured because of these fires," said CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Chief Darren Read. 

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