Arson fire destroys up to 7 vehicles in Ontario hotel parking lot; man arrested – Daily Bulletin

An arson-set fire targeting one car early Sunday morning in an Ontario hotel parking lot spread to other vehicles, with as many as seven burned, authorities said.

No injuries were reported from the blaze in the parking lot near the Azure Hotel & Suites at 1945 E. Holt Blvd. from the fire, called in at 1:50 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene nine minutes after it was reported and had it knocked down five minutes later, Ontario Fire Department Battalion Chief and spokesman Scotland Roeber said.

Three fire engines and one hook-and-ladder truck responded to the call, the latter on an initial report that the fire had spread to the hotel, but flames did not reach the structure.

“It looks like one vehicle was targeted, and a couple of cars next to it were burned,” Ontario Police Lt. David McBride said by phone Sunday.

An arson-set fire targeting one car in an Ontario hotel parking lot spread to others early Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, police said. (Courtesy LoudLabs)

He said police reviewed evidence, including security video of the parking lot, and later identified Matthew Masumi Toyotome, 27, of Riverside as a suspect. He was arrested without incident at his home Sunday and booked into the West Valley Detention on suspicion of arson. McBride said he was acquainted with the owner of the vehicle targeted in the incident, but it was not clear whether he was staying at the hotel at the time.

Some guests were outside the hotel as the fire was fought, but authorities could not confirm if they were evacuated. Roeber said one landscaping tree in the parking lot was also damaged.

Guests outside the Azure Hotel & Suites in Ontario after an arson fire destroyed some cars in the parking lot early Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (Courtesy LoudLabs)

A clerk at the hotel said any comment on the incident would have to come from a manager, who was not immediately available.

The hotel is one of several in the area located near the Ontario Convention Center and Ontario International Airport.

Staff writer Eric Licas contributed to this story.

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