‘Person of Interest’ Sought in Seal Beach Fire That Left Man and His Dog Dead

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Eric Jesus Andrade, a homeless man with distinct tattoos on his right arm, was identified by police as a 'person of interest' in a fatal Seal Beach fire. (Credit: Seal Beach Police Department)

Authorities identified late Wednesday a 37-year-old man as a “person of interest” in a Seal Beach fire that resulted in the death of a man and his dog.

Eric Jesus Andrade, a homeless man with distinct tattoos on his right arm, may be “associated” with fire that tore through a home in the 200 block of 17th Street shortly after midnight on Saturday, according to a statement from the Seal Beach Police Department.

Anyone who sees Andrade, described as a white man with brown eyes and brown hair, is asked to call Seal Beach police at (562) 594-7232.

Earlier Wednesday, Seal Beach police Sgt. Phil Gonshak said the fire was caused by an incendiary device, which ignited combustibles outside the building. The fire spread into the home and to the second-floor, killing John Donnelly and his Jack Russell terrier, Eddie.

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