Arson Suspect Found Holding Lighter Inside Burning Dana Point Building, Authorities Say

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Alex Espinoza, 27, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

A 27-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of deliberately setting a fire at a commercial building in Dana Point, authorities said. No one was injured in the incident.

Alex Espinoza, a resident of Laguna Niguel, was booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of arson and burglary, according to a news release.

Deputies responded about 3:45 a.m. to a report of breaking glass and a suspicious person at the Dana Point Arts Building, in the 34100 block of Pacific Coast Highway, the Sheriff’s Department said. They arrived to find Espinoza holding a lighter inside the building, which was on fire, officials said.

Fifty Orange County Fire Authority personnel were dispatched to the location and extinguished the two-alarm blaze within about 30 minutes, according the release. The damage was estimated at $400,000.

After evaluating the scene and interviewing witnesses, Fire Authority investigators determined the fire was intentionally started.

Espinoza was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department or Fire Authority at 714-647-7000. Anonymous tips may be submitted at 855-847-6227 or

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