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Man charged with arson

A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was charged with two counts of arson Monday, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Graysen Langille, who is retired, is being held on $100,000 bail at Orange County Jail, according to jail records. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Langille was arrested about 4:30 p.m. March 30 on suspicion of setting 10 small fires at numerous locations in Laguna Beach over a four-day period, Sgt. Darin Lenyi said.

None of the fires caused any injuries and damage from the blazes was minor, Lenyi said.

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The fires included trash cans, dumpsters, newspapers set ablaze, and a burning box placed under a vehicle in a driveway.

The fires were all quickly extinguished.

Police detectives and a fire investigator followed Langille and arrested him after allegedly discovering a fire in a carport on the 900 block of Gaviota Street that the suspect had been observed walking into, police said.

The alleged arson fires were set between March 27 and March 30 at the following locations:

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  • 200 block of No. Coast Highway, newspapers burned in front of a business;
  • 100 block of No. Coast Highway, trashcan set on fire;
  • 100 block of Cress Street, dumpster in the roadway set on fire;
  • 900 block of South Coast Highway, dumpster behind a business set on fire;
  • 600 block of Laguna Canyon Road, trashcan in front of business set on fire;
  • 300 block of No. Coast Highway, wooden pallets leaned up against a business set on fire;
  • 200 block of Cliff Drive, trash can in a park area set on fire;
  • 800 block of So. Coast Highway, papers and leaves on sidewalk in front of a hotel set on fire;
  • 2800 block of Ocean Front, a cardboard box with paper was set on fire and placed under the gas tank area of a vehicle parked in a carport; and
  • 900 block of Gaviota Drive, a carport area set on fire.

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