[CORRECTED:] Enrique Mengoza Held for Arson After Allegedly Trying to Kill Himself by Burning Down his Home
Three hours after the fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 61-year-old Enrique Mengoza returned to his single-story home in the 7800 block of 13th Street. He is alleged to have told Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) firefighters and other witnesses that he set the blaze.
Mengoza, who suffered third degree burns, was taken to UCI Medical Center for treatment. Briefly hospitalized were a police sergeant, for smoke inhalation, and a fire captain and a male resident of the home, for minor burns.
KABC's Eyewitness News broke the story of this morning's arson arrest. Hours later, the Orange County Register followed up with a report alleging the suicide attempt.
"The motive of the fire seems to point toward a possible suicide attempt, however this scenario is still being investigated,"
It took firefighters 20 minutes to knock down the fire, which totally destroyed the home and singed a neighboring residence.