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Lincoln resident accused of arson in house fire

Martin Franco
Martin Franco Lincoln Police Department

A Lincoln man was taken into custody Wednesday morning for allegedly setting fire to his home.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., two Lincoln police officers noticed smoke coming from a home in the 300 block of H Street. They attempted to enter the house to check for anyone inside but were driven back by heat and smoke, according to a Police Department Facebook post.

Lincoln Fire Department crews arrived, along with firefighters from Rocklin, Roseville and Cal Fire. The crews extinguished the fire and determined that no one was in the house.

A resident of the home, 27-year-old Martin Franco, was contacted at the scene. His responses to questions about the cause of the fire and why he had not called 911 led authorities to detain him pending an investigation, according to police. Fire investigators from Lincoln and Rocklin worked to determine the origin and cause of the fire, and police interviewed Franco.

Police reported that Franco was arrested on suspicion of arson and booked into Placer County jail, with bail set at $150,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy