Crime

Frazier Park man accused of setting fire to repossessed home

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - A man from Frazier Park was arrested Saturday after his home that was recently repossessed burned to the ground.

On Friday at around 5 a.m., the home of 61-year-old Rainer Hirschfelder at 32752 Birch Trail in Frazier Park became fully engulfed in flames and firefighters responded to put out the flames.

The home was completely destroyed and investigators spoke with neighbors and believed that Hirschfelder was possible killed in the fire. A cadaver dog searched the rubble of the home but no remains were found and Hirschfelder was listed as a missing person.

Hirschfelder was eventually located in Lockwood Valley and investigators learned that he intentionally set fire to a bedroom using a lighter and then used lighter fluid to spread the fire throughout the home. Ventura County Sheriff's investigators say he fled the home through a pre-planned exit and watched firefighters battle the flames of his home and search for his remains. 

Investigators say Hirschfelder's home was recently repossessed by the bank and sold the day prior.

He was later arrested on a complaint of arson of an inhabited dwelling. He was booked into jail with a $50,000 bail.


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