Man allegedly sparks two fires in Colfax business

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A 26-year-old man who allegedly broke into a Colfax business early Monday morning and started two fires was apprehended by Placer County Sheriff’s deputies minutes later, according to Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office. Brandyn Gene Hall, 26, tackled a security officer while running from the Colfax Car Wash on S. Auburn Street just after midnight Monday. The security guard had been patrolling the business – which is not currently in operation – when he saw someone inside the car wash. The guard called 911 and deputies responded. Once on scene, a deputy found Hall wandering in the area, looking for his bike. Hall was arrested and booked at the Placer County Jail on charges of burglary, arson and battery of a security officer. Hall got inside the business by smashing the front door glass. While inside, he started two fires – one in the front office and another in a rear storage area. Deputies were able to put out the fires with their fire extinguishers. Sgt. Andrew Scott, commander of the Placer Sheriff’s station in Colfax, advised that if anyone sees suspicious activity, anywhere, at any time day or night, they should contact the sheriff’s office. “Only by having alert and concerned citizens can we be so effective. They can call 911 for emergencies or (530) 886-5375 for non-emergencies,” Scott said. - Staff report