Transient Arrested for Fire in Petaluma Park

Vegetation Fire at Steamer Landing Park (Petaluma Fire Department)

A 50-year-old transient has been arrested for recklessly starting a fire at Steamer Landing Park. On Wednesday afternoon as Petaluma firefighters were battling the two-acre blaze, officers detained a suspect reportedly seen leaving the area where the fire started. A witness positively identified Gary Dobshinsky, who was arrested for recklessly causing the fire. Dobshinsky has an outstanding felony warrant and cops found narcotic paraphernalia on him. He is also on Post Release Community Supervision. The fire was contained in about 25 minutes and there were no injuries or structures damaged.