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Man charged in arson fire at Oakland construction site

November 22, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities in Northern California have arrested and charged a man suspected of starting a blaze at a construction site in Oakland, were several buildings under construction have been recently set on fire.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Dustin Bellinger was arrested Tuesday in Oakland.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged the 45-year-old part-time construction worker with one felony count of maliciously damaging or destroying a building by means of fire or an explosive.

Investigators linked Bellinger to an Oct. 23 arson fire that burned itself out inside a construction site. That same morning an intentionally set blaze destroyed a nearby 126-unit building under construction.

Federal prosecutors have not charged Bellinger with that fire or said if he’s a suspect.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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