Woman arrested on suspicion of arson in GV fire
October 15, 2012
A Grass Valley woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson in the wake of a fire that caused major damage to a building in downtown Grass Valley Wednesday night.
One apartment unit sustained major damage but no one was hurt in a fire that started in the two-story building next to Grass Valley's city hall late Wednesday evening.
The fire was reported around 8:40 p.m. and reportedly emanated from residence behind city hall and the police station that was subdivided into nine apartments housing 16 occupants, said Grass Valley Fire Chief Tony Clarabut.
Several witnesses told Grass Valley Police officers that the fire was set by a woman identified as Patti Jill Radabaugh, 49, said Capt. rex Marks.
Radabaugh was arrested and booked into county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Given the structure's close proximity to the police station, by the time the first fire fighters arrived on scene, responding Grass Valley Police Department officials had already evacuated most of the building's occupants, Clarabut said.
The fire was contained by around 10 p.m. and most of the fire damage was confined to the apartment of origin, Clarabut said.
Firefighting agencies from Nevada City, Nevada County Consolidated, Penn Valley, Ophir HIll and Higgins fire departments responded to the scene of the fire along with Cal Fire and Grass Valley Police Department.
Evacuees were tended to by Turning Point Providence Center and the Red Cross, Clarabut said.
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