EL CAJON (CNS) - A transient accused of maliciously setting two small brush fires near Interstate 8 and Los Coches Road last summer must stand trial on arson charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Eloy Bazan, 50, allegedly set the blazes on July 28 and 29, and is charged with two counts of felony arson and one count of possession of an incendiary device.
Crews were able to keep both fires from growing into major threats, and the flames caused no structural damage or injuries.
A witness reported seeing a flare over the freeway just prior to the start of the second fire, and investigators linked the remnants of the pyrotechnic signaling device to a flare gun that was in Bazan's possession, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said.
Judge Herbert Exarhos, who presided over the preliminary hearing, found that enough evidence had been presented for the case against Bazan to proceed.
A June 13 trial date was set for Bazan, who faces seven years and eight months in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Samantha Begovich.
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