Santa Maria burn victim was working on stolen car

October 30, 2014

cartheftSanta Maria police have determined that a burn victim was working on a stolen car Tuesday evening when he accidentally started a house fire. [KSBY]

Fire investigators say the burn victim, a 29-year-old man, was smoking at the time, and his lit cigarette caused the fire.

Officials have not yet released the name of the victim, who is currently in a Southern California burn treatment facility. Despite suffering the burns, he may face criminal charges.

Police officers found the vehicle identification number of the car that was also burned in the fire and discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen. Officers said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Fire officials say the blaze caused approximately $270,000 worth of damage. The fire destroyed the garage and damaged parts of the house.



  1. Perspicacious says:

    I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. Thank you dirtbag, for getting what is coming to you and giving me a good chuckle.

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  2. womanwhohasbeenthere says:

    Let’s see: stolen car, felony; smoking while working on a car – should be felony stupidity; if illegal alien, another felony; probably lied to landlord, misdemeanor; any other outstanding issues? This may be a three strikes in one! Kudos to the Santa Maria PD for checking the car as Stunned wrote.

    (16) 20 Total Votes - 18 up - 2 down
    • zaphod says:

      immigration law is a completely separate branch of law from criminal law fyi

      (-4) 14 Total Votes - 5 up - 9 down
    • mkaney says:

      It is not a criminal offense to cross the border “illegally.”

      (-9) 11 Total Votes - 1 up - 10 down
  3. racket says:

    Stupid and dishonest. Is there room for him in council chambers?

    (11) 19 Total Votes - 15 up - 4 down
  4. achillesheal says:

    Karma can be a real bitch!

    (14) 16 Total Votes - 15 up - 1 down
  5. Stunned says:

    Talk about getting burned! On the bright side, I’m glad to see the alert PD thought about checking out the car.

    (20) 22 Total Votes - 21 up - 1 down

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