San Diego supervisor’s house fire is considered suspicious

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Police are treating a fire at the home of the chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and a prominent labor leader as suspicious.

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SAN DIEGO – Police are treating a fire at the home of a San Diego County leader and his wife, a key labor officer, as suspicious.

County Board of Supervisors President Nathan Fletcher said he and his wife Lorena Gonzalez and their family were woken by a smoke alarm at around 4 a.m. Wednesday.

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“The front of our house was engulfed in flames, but we were able to get the other door out safely,” Fletcher said in a statement.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said the fire caused about $30,000 in damage to the home and $6,000 in damage to a vehicle in front.

A San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team along with specially trained police and fire investigators were called to the scene, a police department statement said.

“The fire is being treated as suspicious in nature,” it said.

Fletcher said police officers rushed to the scene and firefighters rescued the house.

According to Fletcher, a former Marine who served two combat voyages, the fire also burned down an American flag outside the front of the house.

“Our family is safe and for us, that’s all that matters,” he said.

Democratic observers have been a vocal supporter of the county’s COVID-19 policies and have advocated for business restrictions during the peak times of the pandemic, attracting enthusiastic support and criticism. He has often led the county’s pandemic news briefings and raised questions about state restrictions, in part making him a prominent face of the government’s response.

Public comments made during meetings of county supervisors showed anger shouting at public health restrictions.

Gonzalez has also drawn strong reactions from supporters and critics. As a Democratic state legislature woman, she successfully pursued her ambitious labor laws, including a gig worker law. He sharply criticized Elon Musk after the Tesla Inc founder threatened to move the company headquarters out of California amid the reopening of restrictions. Tesla later announced that it was moving to Texas.

Last week, Gonzalez resigned from the assembly to become leader of the California Labor Federation.

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