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Suspect Identified in Massive Arson Fire at San Jose Home Depot

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The man suspected of starting a fire that destroyed a Home Depot store in San Jose earlier this month has been identified and was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, authorities said.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and public safety leaders held a news conference Tuesday identifying the suspect as Dyllin Jaycruz Gogue, 27, who they say set the fire then tried to walk out of the store with a cart full of stolen merchandise.

Gogue, who was arrested Friday, has been charged with felony aggravated arson and other crimes and was scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Clara County court on Tuesday afternoon.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said Gogue was stopped by an employee as he tried to exit the store with the stolen merchandise and then fled in a vehicle driven by another person. The DA added that Gogue also is suspected of stealing merchandise from a nearby Bass Pro Shops and a nearby Macy's on the same day.

One person has been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed Home Depot in the South Bay and inspection records show what city fire inspectors were looking into at the site in the past. Ian Cull reports.

The five-alarm fire on April 9 leveled the Home Depot store on Blossom Hill Road, across the street from Westfield Oakridge Mall, in South San Jose.

It took more than 100 firefighters about 12 hours to knock the fire down, and while there were no serious injuries in the blaze, it forced a shelter-in-place for hours and the evacuation of more than 60 pets from the Wagly Pet Campus next door.

In the days since, investigators and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been looking through the debris for evidence to determine a cause and origin.

A person suspected of starting a fire that destroyed a Home Depot in San Jose earlier this month has been arrested, officials said Monday. Ian Cull reports.

The day of the fire, witnesses said fire alarms and sprinklers didn’t go off until almost everyone was out of the store.

Inspection records show that in December 2020, the San Jose Bureau of Fire Prevention asked the store to provide proof of its annual inspection of the alarm system and its five-year inspection for the sprinkler system or have it serviced “ASAP”.

That was done in January of 2021. 

The last inspection was in October, asking the store to maintain a clearance in front of electrical panels at all times. The report shows it was fixed the same day.

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