Arson suspect arrested
On Sunday, April 19, 2020, at about 5:09 PM, the Ventura County Fire Department received a call of a structure fire in the 700 block of Benson Way in Thousand Oaks. Fire department personnel arrived on scene and saw the fire was already extinguished by residents. There was minimal fire damage to the residence, which was contained to one bedroom. Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, arson investigators from both the Ventura County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office responded to the location. Their investigation determined the fire was the result of arson. Christopher Seifert, 36 years old, a resident of the property, was identified as a suspect in the crime.
Seifert was arrested and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility on one felony count of arson and one felony count of elder abuse since there was another occupant of the home who is over 65 years old.