Pechin would not say how or where the fire started. He said the Metro Arson Strike Team, which comprises police and fire investigators, is handling the investigation.
Sgt Rick Pechin of San Diego police told the San Diego Union-Tribune that investigators believe the fire at the home of supervisor Nathan Fletcher and former state assemblywoman and prominent labor leader Lorena Gonzalez was suspicious in nature.
Fletcher said he and his family were awoken by smoke alarms around 4am on Wednesday. “The front of our house was engulfed in flames, but we were able to safely evacuate out another door,” Fletcher said in a statement.
Police officers were quickly on the scene and firefighters saved the house, Fletcher said.
— Nathan Fletcher (@nathanfletcher) January 12, 2022
The American flag outside our home burned this morning. Firefighters with @SDLocal145 saved our home and then brought us a new flag which is proudly flying. This really means something to my family. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/4qRyhBfh9A
Fletcher has been an outspoken proponent of San Diego county’s Covid policies and has advocated for business restrictions during peak periods of the pandemic, drawing fervent support and criticism. He has often led the county’s pandemic news briefings and fielded questions about state restrictions, to some extent making him a leading face of the government response.
As a Democratic state assemblywoman, Gonzalez successfully pushed for ambitious labor laws, including a gig worker law. Last week, she resigned from the assembly to become leader of the California Labor Federation.
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