Petaluma Police Investigate Suspected Arson After Car Engulfed in Flames on McDowell Boulevard

Petaluma Police Investigate Suspected Arson After Car Engulfed in Flames on McDowell BoulevardSource: Petaluma Police Department
Eileen Vargas
Published on February 10, 2024

Flames tore through the night on South McDowell Boulevard when the Petaluma Police and Fire Departments responded to a call of a vehicle fire late Wednesday night. According to an incident report by the city's police department, emergency crews hurried to douse the raging inferno engulfing a 2000 silver Acura right around 10:34 pm on February 7.

The investigators, combing through the charred remains of what used to be an operable automobile, sniffed out signs of accelerants, suggesting foul play in the torching of the vehicle. The clues whisper of deliberate hands setting the stage for the fire, with the Petaluma Police Department urging the community to come forward with any relevant information or footage that could illuminate the events that led to this fiery spectacle.

Further thickening the plot, surveillance footage obtained shortly after the vehicle was parked tells a tale of a mystery white male adult who, after abandoning the Acura, slipped away into the night in a red sedan — his motives and identity a blank space in an ongoing investigation. Citizens privy to the details of that night, or who might hold digital captures of the scene, are strongly encouraged to reach out. The Petaluma Police Department's non-emergency line awaits at (707) 778-4372, and anonymous tips can be discreetly dropped at [email protected].