REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Court documents show that surveillance footage helped lead to the arrest of the man suspected of starting a wildfire in rural Northern California that left one person dead and destroyed dozens of homes.
Twenty-nine-year-old Zane Peterson has pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges in connection with the Sept. 9 Clover Fire in Shasta County. The fire, which began as two separate blazes, destroyed 68 homes about 150 miles north of Sacramento and claimed the life of 55-year-old Brian Henry. According to court documents reported by the Record Searchlight of Redding on Monday, Peterson's pick-up truck was recorded by video cameras passing by both of the fire's origin points. An analysis of his text messages, additionally, showed he was having financial and addiction problems and wanted to return to work as a firefighter.