Ventura County

Ventura business owner arrested on suspicion of arson

VENTURA, Calif. - The owner of a Ventura Thai restaurant was arrested Wednesday in connection to a fire that broke out at a two-story building in April.

Chingchai Liampetchakul, 58, of Ventura was arrested after an extensive investigation involving Ventura Police Major Crimes Detectives, Ventura City Fire Arson investigators and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations.

The fire broke out at a two-story building on the 500 block of East Main Street late in the evening of Monday, April 17.

Investigators determined that the fire broke out at Odd Fellow's Club at 516 East Main Street. Liampetchakul, the owner of Tipps Thai Cuisine, was arrested and accused of intentionally setting the fire. Tipps Thai Cuisine is located directly beneath the Odd Fellow's Club.

An extensive fire response was called in to combat the fire and crews were able to extinguish the flames in about 15 minutes. One person on scene was treated for minor injuries.

On Thursday, detectives served search warrants at Liampetchakul's home and restaurant. He was then arrested and booked into the Ventura County Main Jail.

Liampetchakul could face charges for arson.

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