Vallejoan jailed after allegedly setting fire to Anchor Pantry, The Joint – Times-Herald

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A man from Vallejo has been jailed in Solana County jail after being arrested on a warrant and charged with arson allegedly early in a fire Tuesday morning at Anchor Pantry and his neighbor, Joint.

According to Vallejo Police Department Officer Brittany Jackson, as well as the Vallejo Fire Department, at about 3:26 a.m. a call was made that the Anchor Pantry was on fire.

“Officers conducted an active investigation and determined that 32-year-old Xavier Williams of Vallejo lit a fire in the business,” Jackson said. “Williams was a short distance away and was arrested on a warrant and charged with arson.”

VFD spokesman and firefighter Aaron Klauber said Anchor Pantry owners noticed they had an alarm and a video in which a man in front of a store window was trying to light a fire. Firefighters were the first on the scene and tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher to contain the fire, but, according to Klauber, it was useless.

On Tuesday, people are talking near Anchor Comoros in central Vallejo. (Chris Riley / Times-Herald)

Engine 21 for emergency response arrived at the scene, and after re-alarm the fire was extinguished in 14 minutes. According to Klauber, the second alarm was caused because of neighboring high-rise buildings. No fire was reported, but most of the ground floor of the Anchor Pantry was damaged, and The Joint was marked in red.

Two pages of gofundme were opened by Alibi bookstore co-owner Karen Finley shortly after the fire was put out. Alibi Bookstore is across the street from Anchor Pantry and The Joint.

“Since opening a little over a year ago, owner Jessica Brooks and Frank (the guy) have been invaluable members of our downtown community, bringing good food and friendliness to our city,” the Anchor Pantry website said in a statement. “It is unthinkable to lose them. Even though they have insurance, it will take some time to get them back on their feet and move to a new space, and they will need help with their daily expenses, as this is their livelihood. ”

A separate gofundme page was made for the Joint, owned by Stephanie Brown.

“Although it is not a complete loss, it has red tags and will be closed in the foreseeable future,” – said in a statement on the page gofundme. “Stephanie has been an invaluable part of Vallejo city center for many years, organizing seminars, volunteering in the community and promoting local artists, activism, kindness and good things – her shop is a gem like her. It is impossible to lose this treasure in the city center.

“Please help Stephanie and The Joint get through this horrible time, get them back on their feet and rediscover them,” the statement said. “She’s here for us, and now it’s time to be here for her. Thanks! “

The response was instantaneous. As of 2:30 p.m., there were nearly 300 donations totaling $ 22,910 for Anchor Pantry. Joe Brasil donated $ 1,000 and Calvin Chin donated $ 750. Meanwhile, The Joint earned $ 2,345. The main donations were Dustin Mabri and Monica Medeiras with $ 200 each.

Gofundme page for Anchor Pantry www.gofundme.com/f/help-jessica-and-frank-rebuild-anchor-pantry. The gofundme page for The Joint – www.gofundme.com/f/help-stephanie-rebuild-the-joint-vallejo.

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