Antioch police arrest man for arson in Saturday house fire

By Sergeant Robert Quintero, Antioch Police Patrol Bureau

On Saturday, February 9, the Antioch Police and Contra Costa Fire Departments were called to 1963 Deodar Avenue in Antioch for a house on fire. Neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of this residence and Dennis Wilkinson leaving the location. Wilkinson was detained by police while Contra Costa Fire put out the fire.

Upon questioning Wilkinson, the 23 year-old admitted he set the fire but claimed it was accidental. Evidence located on scene by Contra Costa Fire Department’s Arson Investigator, indicates the fire was intentionally set.

It is not known why Wilkinson started the fire at this time but the investigation is still on-going.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, you may call the Antioch Police Department investigation’s Bureau at (925) 779-6926. You may also text an anonymous tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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