The fire that tore through a mobile home last month was intentionally set, according to an investigation by the Mountain View Fire Department.
Firefighters discovered the body of its 63-year-old resident, Leroy Beal, after being called to extinguish an early morning blaze on Dec. 2 at the Santiago Villa mobile home park, located at 1075 Space Park Way. Beal died not from the fire but of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the mouth, according to an official with the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.
Fire department inspectors determined that the fire's cause was "incendiary," meaning that it was intentionally set, said spokeswoman Jaime Garrett. "Due to severe fire damage, we were unable to locate an exact point of origin or ignition source," she said.
Firefighters could not enter the home until the flames were completely extinguished because the structural integrity of the unit had been badly damaged, said Garrett. There were no injuries reported.