Video from LOUDLABS NEWS showing a fire set in an outbuilding at California’s Apple Valley Fire Protections District Station 1 early Monday morning. Police say the fire was part of a plan that included breaking into the fire station and stealing a vehicle.
Reported at 4:30 a.m., the fire started in a small outbuilding just north of a Chevron gas station at Central Road and Highway 18, awakening firefighters who slept less than 100 feet away at the fire station on Headquarters Drive.
Crews extinguished the blaze, but further investigation “showed multiple attempts to enter the station as well as outbuildings,” officials said. “One Fire District vehicle was broken into and attempted to hot wire.”
One suspect was taken into custody, officials said in an early afternoon statement, although the investigation remained ongoing at that time.