News Update!!: Needles, CA: Man arrested in arson fire at the Riverview Terrace Apartments.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Man arrested in arson fire at the Riverview Terrace Apartments.

ZachNews has learned from the City of Needles that authorities have arrested a man in connection with the arson fire at the Riverview Terrace Apartments on Monday, January 30th, 2017.

According to the City of Needles, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have arrested 62 year old Russell Gendre of Mohave Valley, Arizona on Monday, January 30th, 2017 for suspicion of arson, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon.

ZachNews contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station to get more information on the arrest and the alleged charges against Russell Gendre.

ZachNews later received some additional information from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, an investigation was conducted and Russell Gendre was arrested and booked into the Colorado River Station Jail in Needles, California for Arson, Criminal Threats, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

If anyone has any further information on this case they are urged to contact Detective Detective Tim Preston at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

The fire occurred at the Riverview Terrace Apartments, located on 1933 Erin Drive, in Needles, California at around 5:20am PT on Monday, January 30th, 2017.

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According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, firefighters arrived to a residential commercial structure with visible smoke and flames from Building #9.

Firefighters began battling the large flames cutting a hole on the roof of the residential commercial structure well other firefighters began entering the apartment units to the residential commercial structure.

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Firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department responded to the residential commercial structure fire.

Firefighters as well as deputies from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were also on scene and were evacuating nearby apartment units.

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According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Captain Dean Dickover, nobody was inside the residential commercial structure.

ZachNews later learned that several pets where rescued from the residential commercial structure fire.

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Several families with children who lived in the apartment units lost everything they had in the fire.

ZachNews has learned that a donation drive and fundraiser on GoFundMe has been set up for the people affected in the residential commercial structure fire.

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The “Your Help Is Needed” flyer has been posted on Facebook asking for the community’s help to give what you can to the families with children affected by the residential commercial structure fire.

Children are in need of clothes, shoes, soap, shampoo, and some basic necessities.

People wanting to donate can being the items to either Vista Colorado Elementary School, located at 700 Bailey Avenue near Washington Street, in Needles, California or to Needles High School, located at 1600 Washington Street near Park Avenue, in Needles, California.

** For more information regarding the donation drive, please call either Maria Armija at: 1 (760) 326-2167 or Amy Avila at: 1 (760) 326-2191. **

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A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Ochoa family who lost their home and belongings in the residential commercial structure fire.

According to the posted statement on the GoFundMe account, “On Monday 1/30/17 Malo Ochoa along with Wife and 3 children lost their apartment and all their belongings to a fire that started in their apartment complex unit early Monday morning. We are very thankful that they were able to all make it out safe with no injuries but they are left with nothing but their one vehicle. The family lost everything and is in need of all the help they can get. Malo is a very hard worker, a loving father and good husband. he workes very hard 6 days a week to provide for his family, his two girls Mila and Rosie Ochoa are both Honor Roll students with perfect attendance. Younger Son Malo stays home with His wife Betty who is one of the nicest people you will ever meet with the biggest heart. Instead of grabbing her belonging while evacuating the fire she went door to door to the apartment neighbors to wake them and warn them of the fire. Anything helps so they can get back on there feet and slowing start to regain everything they lost thank you all in advance. Please keep the Ochoa Family in prayers and thank you again.

** More information regarding the GoFundMe account for the Ochoa family can be found at the following GoFundMe website address: **

https://www.gofundme.com/ochoa-family

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

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