The Sierra Vista Police Department arrested a local woman for arson and related charges as a result of an ongoing investigation into a house fire that started in the 1200 block of El Sonoro Drive early this morning.
Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services and the Sierra Vista Police Department responded to the scene at about 5 a.m. today. As units arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames and was unoccupied at that time. Firefighters worked for several hours to contain the blaze and prevent further damage; however the structure itself was a total loss.
An investigation conducted by the SVF&MS fire marshal and SVPD Special Operations Bureau detectives determined that 50-year-old Sierra Vista resident Tina Van Scoy was in the house when the fire started. Investigators learned that Van Scoy had been evicted the week prior but had returned to the house and made entry sometime on Saturday or Sunday before the fire started early Monday morning.
The Sierra Vista Police Department arrested Van Scoy at 12:23 p.m. today on charges of arson, criminal damage, and criminal trespass. The investigation into this incident is ongoing and anyone with information relevant to the case is asked to contact SVPD Detective John Andela at (520) 452-7500.