‘This Was Clearly Arson,’ Says Fire Expert as Another Car Burns in the Hills of Humboldt
Another car was set on fire today in southeastern Humboldt. Mark Swizee, a resident of the area said that he got a call about 8:45 a.m. telling him a pickup was on fire near the intersection of Bell Springs Road and Island Mountain Road. Swizee said because he provides special fire effects for events, he has “all kinds of shit to put things out.”
He rushed to the blaze. “A Good Samaritan had already used up a fire extinguisher,” Swizee said. Swizee’s fire extinguisher helped finish the job.
“It looked to me like someone smashed the back of the window and threw some sort of burning liquid fluid,” Swizee explained. “This was clearly arson…If you light someone’s property on fire, you are putting people in danger. It could have severely injured me or the person before me to put it out….In the back seat, there was a half case of oil…In the [camper shell] there was a five gallon can of gas partially full….that was bulging—full of vapor.”
Swizee said there have been four vehicles burned this last year. “We have a fire bug out here,” he said. Then he added, “Stop burning people’s cars! This is a crime…..Someone could get hurt.”