1 arrested for suspicious fire at Walnut Creek strip mall

Monday, October 6, 2014
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Walnut Creek police have made an arrest in an apparent arson fire at a downtown wine shop that destroyed an unknown amount of expensive wines.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- Arson investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at a Walnut Creek strip mall. The blaze destroyed hundreds and possibly thousands of bottles of wine late Sunday night.

Officials boarded the building up and have it roped off. There's a lot of debris they have to go through. But even this early in the investigation, they have made one arrest.

Police got the call about a fire at the strip mall on Civic Drive and Arroyo around 9:2p.m. Sunday. The Wesley Ashley Wines storage facility was on fire. We're told there's a winemaker in Santa Rosa who stores his wines in Walnut Creek for distribution.

When officials arrived, they saw a gasoline can on scene. While checking surveillance video from a nearby business, police say they recognized a known transient in the area of the fire.

Police say they arrested 49-year-old Arthur Holden for arson, commercial burglary, and parole violation.

Man arrested in connection with suspicious fire in Walnut Creek.

In this case, police say they found physical evidence and stolen property from the business near Holden.