By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Division, San Bernardino County Fire Department and Mohave Valley Fire Department (Information and Press Release):
Needles, California: Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have arrested the father for child endangerment in fatal residential structure fire that killed two children at 511 Bazoobuth Street that occurred on Thursday, January 7th, 2021.
In a press release to ZachNews from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at 10:04 p.m., deputies and fire personnel responded to a report of a residence engulfed in fire on Bazoobuth Street. Once the fire was extinguished, fire personnel entered the structure and found two deceased children inside.
Due to the suspicious nature of the incident, detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division and Bomb/Arson Detail responded to conduct the investigation. Detectives learned that the mother of the children was out of town and the children’s father, Christifer Williamson, was caring for them. Williamson was not at the residence when deputies and fire personnel arrived.
On Friday, January 8, 2020, at 3:30 p.m., detectives were notified that Arizona Department of Public Safety Officers conducted a traffic stop and detained Williamson. Williamson was transported to the Needles Station and was booked on child endangerment charges.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective David Carpenter, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or http://www.wetip.com.
Refer: Detective David Carpenter or Sergeant Troy Mooradian
Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No. (909)387-3589
Case No. DR#212100018 H#2021-004
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Two children died in a residential fire and detectives arrested Christifer Williamson for child endangerment https://t.co/5JGxrkjhvg
— SBCSD Colorado River Station (@CORiverStation) January 9, 2021
Thursday night, smoke and flames were seen in the area of Bazoobuth Street in Needles, California.
Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department and Mohave Valley Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 511 Bazoobuth Street just west of B Street.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez arrived to the scene and captured on camera firefighters working to put out flames coming from a single story residential structure.
Through the morning and into the afternoon on Friday, January 8th, 2021, the area of Bazoobuth Street near B Street was closed as investigators were seen investigating the scene and taking pictures of the scene.
Later that afternoon, investigators were seen taking pictures and investigating a pickup truck parked along B Street just north of Bazoobuth Street of the fatal residential structure fire.
ZachNews and the community send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of the two children killed in the fire.