Man pleads not guilty to arson in California fire

Man pleads not guilty to arson in California fire

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SAN MARCOS, CA - MAY 15: A firefighter pulls a hose in position while battling the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 5:45 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A 57-year-old man has been charged with setting one of 10 wildfires that swept the San Diego region this week.
 
Alberto Serrato pleaded not guilty Friday to arson in connection with a 105-acre fire in suburban Oceanside -- one of the smaller fires. The fire started Wednesday and is fully contained.
 
Tanya Sierra, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County district attorney's office, says witnesses saw Serrato adding brush to the flames near homes but he was not seen starting the fire. The spokeswoman says he has not been connected to any other fire.

The spokeswoman says Serrato was arrested Thursday in Oceanside and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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