The Dalton Police Department arrested Cesar Fraire Carrillo, 22, Monday morning on charges of first degree arson, burglary, and cruelty to animals in connection to an October 11th fire at the apartment of his estranged wife. Carrillo, of 317 Crown Street in Dalton, turned himself in on warrants for his arrest.
The Dalton Fire Department was called to apartment 18 at 1915 Heathcliff Drive shortly before 8:30 am on October 11th with a report of a fire in progress. Firefighters responded and contained the fire, and Deputy Chief Gary Baggett attempted CPR on two dogs left inside, but they did not survive. After the fire was put out, fire investigators from the Dalton Fire Department determined that it was an arson fire that started in a bedroom closet. Investigators determined that the fire started with the burning of some clothes hanging in the closet belonging to a friend of Carrillo’s estranged wife, Maria Gomez. The DFD investigators contacted detectives from the Dalton Police Department who investigated further.
Detectives found that while Carrillo did still have a key to the apartment, the door was actually left unlocked that morning for Gomez’s friend Roberto Garcia to return to the apartment. When Garcia arrived, he found the door locked. After using his key to get inside, he found the apartment full of smoke and he was unable to find the two dogs left inside. Garcia then called 911. Detectives determined that Carrillo entered the apartment after Gomez left for work that morning, setting fire to Garcia’s clothes before Garcia returned to the apartment after his work shift. Detectives obtained warrants for Carrillo’s arrest, and Carrillo turned himself in Monday morning.