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Man suspected of arson tackled by witnesses at O.C. brush fire

May 9, 2012 | 10:31 pm

A man suspected of lighting a small brush fire in Costa Mesa on Wednesday night was tackled to the ground by witnesses as the blaze burned through heavy brush in Talbert Regional Park.

The fire broke out about 7 p.m., prompting a response by firefighters and a water-dropping helicopter from the Orange County Fire Authority, officials said.

At least two witnesses tackled a man they suspected of sparking the blaze. "His face was really bad. There was blood all over," a resident told KCAL TV Channel 9.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was being treated for minor burns, fire officials said.

"He is a possible suspect," Capt. Marc Stone of the Orange County Fire Authority told The Times. "He is being interrogated by arson investigators."

Fire crews were mopping up hot spots late Wednesday.

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