SAN JOSE -- Police arrested a man early Tuesday morning on suspicion of setting his house on fire, according to Sgt. Jason Dwyer.

San Jose police and firefighters responded to the 3000 block of Canoas Villas Court, located adjacent to Highway 87 just north of Hillsdale Avenue, just before 3 a.m. to reports of a structure fire, Dwyer said.

Firefighters arrived and found the fire was minimal and quickly extinguished the small blaze, according to a San Jose fire department spokesman.

Police determined one of the adult male family members set the house on fire and that mental illness likely played a role in the incident, according to Dwyer. The man was taken into custody.

The San Jose Fire Department is investigating the exact cause of the fire.

There were no injuries reported.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez



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