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Transient Arrested in Connection to Series of Arson Incidents in Antioch

A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a series of arson incidents in Antioch, officials said Thursday.

Contra Costa County fire investigators said Jose Luis Gomes, a transient living in Antioch, was arrested last Friday. He faces one count of of attempted arson and four counts of arson to a structure, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Gomes is suspected of starting a fire at a florist shop and three churches. All buildings were within blocks of each other around the A Street corridor, official said.

No other information was immediately available.

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