Monterey Fire

The duplex at 605 Hoffman Ave. remained boarded up on Oct. 8. 

Monterey Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for starting a fire in a Monterey duplex that displaced four residents on Oct. 6. 

Crews arrived to the scene near the 600 block of Hoffman Avenue at approximately 7:07pm on Wednesday, Oct. 6, where heavy smoke was flames were coming from inside a duplex. The fire caused "significant damage to the interior" of one of the duplex units, according to a police report. 

A follow-up investigation led police to arrest Cesar Perez, 28, of Monterey, for allegedly starting the fire. Perez was a resident of the duplex unit where the fire began. Police said he lit plastic and tissue paper on fire and then left it unattended. Perez's bail was set at $100,000. 

Neighbors on the neighborhood social media platform Nextdoor posted that they were working on setting up a GoFundMe campaign for the displaced residents, however, nothing was posted on the site as of 6pm Oct. 8. 

Christopher Neely covers a mixed beat that includes the environment, water politics, and Monterey County's Board of Supervisors. He began at the Weekly in 2021 after five years on the City Hall beat in Austin, TX.

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