Simi Valley Woman Arrested | Suspected of Arson

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release 

Alexandra Gindlesberger

A Simi Valley woman was arrested for deliberately setting a fire that burned a hillside in the unincorporated area of Simi Valley.

At about 8:40 AM on August 1, 2018, the Ventura County Fire Department received a call of a brush fire in the 4100 block of Tapo Canyon Road. Firefighters arrived within minutes and were able to quickly contain the fire before it grew out of control. In the end, the fire burned almost 10 acres of hillside before it was extinguished.

While on scene, firefighters learned that a citizen had detained a female who was possibly responsible for starting the fire. Patrol deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, along with investigators from the Fire Department’s Arson Unit and the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit, responded to conduct additional investigation. The investigators determined that (S) 33 year old Simi Valley resident Alexandra Gindlesberger had deliberately started the fire along the roadside. The fire then spread to the adjacent hillside.

Gindlesberger was arrested for one felony count of arson and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $50,000.00 bail and she is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on August 3, 2018.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Ventura County Fire Department would like to   remind the public that fire season is still in full effect. Small fires can grow rather quickly and we encourage the public to have an evacuation plan in place.


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