Riverside CA Oct 29 2016 A homeless man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of starting a small fire at the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside.
The fire was reported about 8:45 a.m. in a part of the mall that is under construction. Riverside Fire Investigations Supervisor Ray Mendoza said the fire was extinguished by the mall's sprinkler system, but part of the mall was still evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The fire alarm closest to the fire was in test mode, which caused a delayed response from city firefighters. Mendoza said it's common for fire alarms to be in test mode in buildings under construction.
When firefighters did arrive at 1299 Galleria at Tyler to investigate the extinguished fire, which caused about $5,000 in damage, they determined it was intentionally ignited.
Mall security told firefighters they knew where the suspect, 28-year-old Brian Hough, was at the time.
Hough was arrested on suspicion of arson and taken to the Robert Presley Detention Center, where bail is set at $35,000.