Sacto 9-1-1
October 1, 2012
Arson investigators arrest man in string of Carmichael fires

Morgan McGinn image007 (4).jpgAn 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and burglary in connection with a series of fires that occurred in Carmichael during August and September.

Members of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District's arson unit this morning arrested Morgan McGinn (pictured), who admitted to starting 15 fires, according a district news release. He is accused of five counts of felony arson and two counts of felony burglary.

Officials said McGinn admitted to arson investigators that he was responsible for starting fires Aug. 17 at the Phoenix Preschool, 2921 Garfield Ave., and in debris at the Loma Linda Apartments, 5545 Marconi Ave.; Aug. 18 at the Marconi Montessori School, 5619 Marconi Ave., and the Carmichael Library, 5600 Marconi Ave.; Sept. 23, at the Carmichael Presbyterian Church, 5645 Marconi Ave., and at a vacant house at 5645 Myrtle Lane. He also admitted to attempted arson of an occupied structure at an undisclosed address and to eight additional fires that are under investigation, officials said.

Total damage caused by the fires is estimated at $750,000.

McGinn was booked into Sacramento County Jail with bail set at $450,000. He is to appear in court Tuesday.

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