HANFORD — A man was arrested on suspicion of recklessly setting an abandoned house on fire, according to the Hanford Police Department.
On Sunday at around 12:20 p.m., officials said Hanford police officers and firefighters from the Hanford Fire Department were called out to 10569 W. Hanford Armona Road regarding a structure fire at an abandoned residence.
After officers and firefighters arrived on scene, they said they saw 33-year-old Ricky Alaniz in the backyard of the residence covered in soot.
Officers said they determined Alaniz was at the house during the time of the fire and left once the fire started. They said he then returned to the scene of the fire after police and firefighters arrived.
Police said they determined Alaniz recklessly started a fire at the residence causing the house to catch fire.
Authorities said Alaniz was arrested and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of reckless arson.