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GRASS VALLEY, Calif. September 17, 2016 – On September 17, at 1:30 pm, Grass Valley Fire and Police personnel were dispatched to a vegetation fire in the area of S. Auburn Street and Whiting Street in Grass Valley. The first Grass Valley Police unit to arrive detained an adult male with burn injuries to his lower legs who was walking away from the fire. After speaking with him and witnesses, the officer placed him under arrest for arson.
The suspect is identified as 52-year-old David Holm. Holm has been a transient of the Grass Valley area for many years.
The investigation is ongoing, but at this point, it appears that the fire started in a wooded area where Holm was camping and was possibly caused by a cigarette.
Holm was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center for treatment of burn injuries to his lower legs and for smoke inhalation.
Editor’s note: Updates on the Auburn Fire are here.