ANTIOCH -- A weekend house fire that displaced a family of five and caused $75,000 in damage has been deemed an arson, police said Sunday.
The one-alarm fire was reported about 11:51 a.m. Saturday in the 1900 block of Deodar Avenue, said Antioch Police Department Sgt. Robert Quintero.
Evidence found during the fire attack led to the arrest of Dennis Wilkinson, 23, who Quintero said returned to the home after an argument with several others and was seen fleeing the area once the fire erupted. Neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of this residence and seeing Wilkinson leaving the area.
As firefighters fought the blaze, Wilkinson was stopped by police and was arrested on suspicion of arson.
"Upon questioning Wilkinson, he admitted he set the fire but claimed it was accidental," Quintero said. "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, Quintero said.
It was also not known if Quintero lived at the home.
Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District said the flames spread from the home's front room to the attic.
The fire under control within about 15 minutes. No one was inside and no one was injured.
A family of five was displaced by the fire and the American Red Cross has provided housing assistance, Broschard added.