On August 25, a quick-spreading brush fire consumed 30 acres of parched land near the interchange of the 2 and 134 freeways, imperiling homes, clogging traffic, and causing widespread anxiety about the wildfire season ahead.
Early in their investigation, fire officials reported that the fire had likely started in the 2900 block of West Colorado Boulevard, but it wasn’t immediately apparent that a homeless encampment was located in the area. On Saturday, two 25-year-old men, Daniel Michael Nogueira and Brian Antonio Araujocabrera, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for setting a blaze at the encampment. According to the L.A. Times, it was “not immediately clear how the fire was set or if the homeless encampment was targeted.”
Local blog the Arroyo Seco Journal reports that Nogueira is the son of prominent local businessman Michael Nogueira, a former Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce president who, according to StreetsBlog L.A., was behind a recent campaign against bus rapid transit coming to Colorado Boulevard. The Boulevard Sentinel reported that, without getting permission, the elder Nogueira hung a banner over the street reading “Are we throwing Colorado Blvd. under the bus?”; he was subsequently asked to take it down.
The Daniel Nogueira’s bail was set at $1 million, and he posted bond on Sunday. Araujocabrera status was not clear.
As the Times pointed out, the Eagle Rock encampment blaze was set one day before Skid Row resident Darrell Fields was killed when his tent was intentionally set on fire.