Man found on burning hillside arrested


Fairfield police arrested a man this morning suspected of starting a one-acre vegetation fire on a hillside on Wednesday, a police lieutenant said.

Joshua Hoeckendorf, 35, of Fairfield, was arrested at 9:20 a.m. and booked in the Solano County Jail on suspicion of arson and violating his parole for burglary, Lt. Kevin Carella said.

Hoeckendorf was found unconscious on the burning hillside in the area of Chapparal Court while firefighters were extinguishing the 10:30 a.m. blaze, Carella said.

He was taken to the NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield for treatment of smoke inhalation and possible burns, Carella said.

Police found evidence the fire was deliberately set and that Hoeckendorf, a transient, started the fire, Carella said.

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