[UPDATE 6 p.m.: Arrest Made] Structure Fire in Manila Area With ‘a Crew of Suspects on Foot’
A fire broke out at a structure in the Manila area around 9:30 a.m. Fire crews responded as the flames spread to the surrounding vegetation. However, reportedly, this is a crime scene with aggressive dogs as well as possibly armed suspects
Firefighters are going in to fight the fire. “Sheriff’s deputies prepared with force protection,” reports one law enforcement official over the scanner.
Park rangers are near a “crew of suspects on foot,” according to one report on the scanner.
One lane of 255 is now closed.
UPDATE 9:52 a.m.: Scanner traffic is reporting there is a victim with a gunshot wound. The Sheriff’s Office reports this incident began with an assault.
UPDATE 9:56 a.m.: Both lanes of Hwy 255 are now shut down.
UPDATE 10 a.m.: The structure on fire is at a homeless encampment. The homeless encampment has been cleared of people, according to the scanner, but there may still be someone in the structure.
UPDATE 10:05 a.m.: The fire is controlled and firefighters are searching the structure.UPDATE 10:08 a.m.: According to a witness interviewed by our photographer Stormy Taylor, the witness claims a man set the fire and ran.
UPDATE 10:09 a.m.: Allowing one-way traffic into the area now.
UPDATE 10:20 a.m.: Both lanes of Hwy 255 are again being closed.
UPDATE 10:27 a.m.: Photos below from Bobby Kroeker:
UPDATE 10:40 a.m.: Photos below from Bobby Kroeker on the scene.
A firefighter spraying down the structure that was reportedly set on fire.
The Lost Coast Outpost’s Andrew Goff photos the scene of a homeless encampment that is near the structure set on fire.
The encampment appears to have multiple piles of possessions tarped.
UPDATE 11:33 a.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
At about 9:30 this morning, August 18, a male subject living in Manila phoned the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office requesting a deputy and medical assistance. He said he had been assaulted at his home in Manila by an unknown subject. The victim said he believed the suspect left the scene riding a bicycle. He also stated he believed shots were fired and he may have been shot. The scene was secured by deputies and the victim was transported to the hospital where it was determined that he had a minor laceration on the back of this head. The victim did not know what weapon caused the injury. The investigating deputies found no evidence of shots being fired around the location of occurrence. The victim’s home was an illegal structure he’d built in an area where transients are known to frequent. The structure was burned to the ground. Humboldt Fire responded and suppressed the fire. CHP responded to close Hwy 255 and create a bypass while the fire was extinguished. The deputies did a systematic search for the suspect, or any additional victims, at the scene. The reporting victim was the only one at the location of occurrence.
UPDATE 6 p.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports that “[Fifty] six year old Anthony Michael Domenicio (07/22/1961) was arrested and taken into custody this afternoon by Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies. He was charged with two felonies, assault with a deadly weapon and arson.