By Miriam Raftery
Photos courtesy of Lakeside Fire
July 2, 2017 (Lakeside) – A mother and sons are homeless after a fire that began with a vehicle striking a commercial building next door spread into their residence yesterday. A GoFundMe page has been started to assist the victims, For: LaVonne Kraus, Tory Rodriguez, Richard Rodriguez, Jesse Rodriguez. The Solis Hair Salon has also been heavily damaged.
Lakeside Fire reports that a second fire occurred in the same building today, causing even more damage before firefighters were able to douse the blaze.
The first fire resulted from a road rage incident in which case a victim of road rage had reportedly exited the freeway and was heading to a Sheriff station to report the incident, which the vehicle from which they were fleeing tried to block the first vehicle and slammed into the building, NBC 7 reports.
The Sheriff’s Department initiated a pursuit of a white sedan leaving the crash, ending in arrest or Ruben Chavez on drug and weapon charges. But deputies later said that this was not the same vehicle involved in the road-rage crash.
The Sheriff is seeking the occupants of that vehicle, a man with a ponytail and tattooed arms, and a woman who was with him.
Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 with information and you will remain anonymous. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest.