Juvenile is suspect in major California wildfire

A firefighter pulls a hose in position while battling the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California.  (Getty Images, David McNew)
A firefighter pulls a hose in position while battling the Cocos fire in May in San Marcos, California. Officials believe they have found a juvenile responsible for starting the blaze. (Getty Images, David McNew)
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Updated: 7/09 3:56 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes near San Diego in May.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that it would not release the suspect's identity and did not indicate if anyone was in custody. It says the suspect has not been linked to any other fires that ripped through Southern California at the time.

The suspect is believed to have started the Cocos fire in the northern San Diego suburb of San Marcos. The fire was the most destructive of the May fires in terms of property damage, claiming 36 houses and one business.

The Sheriff's Department says investigators sifted through many tips and photos provided by the public.

 

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