61-year-old Rainer Hirschfelder, of Frazier Park, was arrested after his home that was repossessed burned to the ground.
The community of Lockwood Valley, in Ventura County, was the scene of a raging pre-dawn residential fire on May 3rd.
According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Deputy Sam Moss, a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene to find “the residence fully engulfed in flames.”
Firefighters from Ventura and Kern counties responded to the extinguish the blaze. Once Ventura County Fire Department investigators learned that the home’s resident, Rainer Hirschfelder, was missing, “investigators initially believed Hirshfelder has possibly perished in the fire.”
After that additional VCSD resources were called to the scene. A cadaver K-9 was used to search for remains. But when the search turned up nothing, Hirshfelder was added to the VCSD missing persons database.
Hirschfelder was eventually located in Lockwood Valley. There, investigators learned that he intentionally set fire to a bedroom using a lighter and then used lighter fluid to spread the fire throughout the home.
Once the fire was set, Hirshfelder rapidly fled the premises through a predetermined escape route, taking only a .357 caliber pistol with him. Hirschfelder watched as emergency crews extinguished the fire, the sheriff’s office reported, “and continued to watch throughout the day while firefighters extinguished the flames and searched through the rubble for Hirschfelder’s remains.”
Hirshfelder was taken into arrested and taken to Ventura County Jail, where he was book on a charge of arson of an inhabited dwelling. His bail was set at $50,000.
License Number: 1845362