Arson Suspected in Montecito Blaze

"All accidental causes" eliminated in Santa Barbara wildfire
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Nov 17, 2008 6:26 AM CST
Firefighters drive by as a house burns during a wildfire, Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, in Santa Barbara, Calif.    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Officials suspect arson in one of the three major fires currently blazing in California, CNN reports. Investigators have eliminated “all accidental causes” of the fire that has charred 1,940 acres and 210 homes in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara since Thursday, which officials now believe was sparked on the grounds of the private, multi-acre Tea Garden Estate.