Arraignment scheduled for suspected group home torcher

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The arraignment for a probationer accused of torching a group home in Palm City, where she lived was scheduled for today.

Glenda Coronado, 46, allegedly set fire to the South Bay group home on Donax Avenue in the Palm City district of San Diego on March 31, causing an estimated $120,000 worth of damage and leaving a disabled resident and two police officers with smoke-inhalation injuries.

Coronado was booked into the Las Colinas women’s jail in Santee on suspicion of vandalism and arson causing injury. She was being held without bail. Police did not disclose a motive.

Firefighters were able to rescue a resident they found lying in a bed in a smoky black room while dousing the flames, fire Capt. Joe Amador said. The man, who uses a wheelchair was taken to the hospital for respiratory trauma.

Two SDPD officers who forced entry into the home in search for victims later went to the hospital for evaluation of smoke inhalation.

It is estimated that $100,000 of damage was done to the structure of the group home while $20,000 of damage was done to its contents, investigators found. 

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