Investigators Determine Fires Along Buckeye Way Walking Trail Intentionally Set; Arrest Suspect Detained by Citizen
CONCORD, CALIF. – Contra Costa County Fire Protection District announced Monday its fire investigators made an arson arrest yesterday in relation to fires set along the walking trail in the vicinity of Buckeye Way in the City of Antioch.
Robert Steed, 21, an Antioch resident, was arrested, charged with Arson to Forest Land (PC § 451(c)) and transported to Martinez Detention Facility for booking.
A Con Fire Investigator responded to a reported vegetation fire in the area of Buckeye Way in Antioch where Engine 88 had found two separate fires along the walking path, approximately 200 yards apart.
After investigating the fire, investigator and crews cleared the scene. Approximately 20 minutes later, the investigator and Engine 88 again responded to the same area for reports of another vegetation fire.
On arrival, a witness was found to have detained a subject for setting the fire.
The subject identified himself as Robert Steed. Steed admitted to setting the fire a, saying he likes fire and that he had it under control and was going to put it out.
Steed was subsequently arrested.
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A recognized fire service leader – – Con Fire provides fire and emergency medical services to more than a million people across its 304 square-mile District area, and through mutual aid, in and around the 20 cities and unincorporated communities of Contra Costa County, California. With few exceptions, county emergency ambulance transport services are provided by Con Fire through its unique sub-contractor Alliance model across the District and beyond to include some 520
square miles of the county. In 2020, the District responded to some 75,000 fire and EMS emergencies and dispatched some 95,000 ambulances, providing expert medical care on more than 74,000 ambulance transports. The District, with 26 fire stations and more than 400 employees, is dedicated to preserving life, property, and the environment