After Fire, Resident Charged With Arson

LA MESA -- Police charged a local man after fire did more than $250,000 damage to his residence Friday night.

On October 24 at 11:42 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a residential structure fire in the 6700 block of Rolando Knolls Drive, La Mesa. Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from La Mesa and Lemon Grove engine companies, with assistance from San Diego Fire engine companies, arrived on scene and discovered heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage of a residence. Eight adult residents were safely evacuated from the residence and fire crews quickly contained and stopped the fire. There were no injuries to the residents or emergency personnel.

Arson Investigators from Heartland Fire & Rescue and the La Mesa Police Department began investigating the cause of the fire and quickly determined it to be arson related. Through their collaborative efforts, the Arson Investigators from both agencies identified one of the residents as a person of interest.

Brad Bach, 58, of La Mesa was subsequently arrested and booked into County Jail early this morning on a charge of arson of an inhabited structure.

Heartland Fire & Rescue has estimated the damage to the structure and contents at approximately $260,000. The Red Cross assisted the seven residents who were displaced by the fire.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department or Heartland Fire & Rescue. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.

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