Danville house fire deemed arson

Police: Witnesses say object thrown at home before fire started

Danville authorities are investigating a Halloween night house fire as a case of arson after witnesses reportedly told police they saw someone throw an object at the home and speed away right before the flames began.

The house on West Linda Mesa Avenue was seriously damaged, but no injuries were reported, according to Danville police chief Steve Simpkins. No arrests had been announced as of Sunday afternoon.

Danville police responded to the house on the 300 block of West Linda Mesa Avenue around 8:20 p.m. Saturday to assist San Ramon Valley Fire with the arson investigation, Simpkins said. The home was fully engulfed when officers arrived, according to the chief.

Firefighters attacked the blaze aggressively, containing it within 30 minutes and limiting the flames to the single structure, according to San Ramon Valley Fire battalion chief Jim Selover.

The home was empty at the time, according to deputy fire marshal David Stevens, who estimated the house damage at $210,000.

People at the scene told police they saw someone hurl an object at the home and then flee at a high rate of speed before the fire ignited, Simpkins said.

The incident remains under investigation, he added.

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