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Zuffa indicted for arson in 2008 fire that destroyed her Pleasanton home

Original post made on Jan 12, 2012

Deonna Zuffa, the woman charged with torching her East Angela Street home in 2008, is due for a hearing in Hayward later this month.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 8:16 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by Arson is detectable, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

You probably can't get away with it!
Your federal tax dollars at work! In the past not many were trained in how to investigate cause and origin of fires, and fewer arson cases were ever solved.
In the 80's FEMA was formed with the goal of addressing losses. They produced a Report: "America Burning." Instead of just sitting on a shelve, the Report inspired action: FEMA made it a goal to help solve the arson problem, and started a training academy to educate Fire Dept. investigators in how to identify the cause of fires.
One unforeseen effect was that the apparent arson problem got worse, at first.
Many fires that had been Unknown or worse falsely called Electrical were being discovered to be arson.
Arson, like many other crimes, is often a repeat offense, so catching the bad guys does a lot of good. And when people see thatit is likely they can't get away with it, that can't hurt.


Posted by Member, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Some kind young man was taking up a collection at the Farmers Market to help the family the Saturday after the fire. Apparently he was a school mate of the boy who lived in the house. I wish someone would determine the amount that was collected she to get the funds back and donate them to a turkey needy family. I dislike when my generosity makes me a mark for common thiefs. And what about the poor kid who spent his time trying to help a family in need when in fact they were crooks.


Posted by Member, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I also hate when spell check changes the words you are typing.


Posted by dog, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Jan 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm

to the member of Danbury park-from what I remember all the money and girf cards etc were given back to the community.


Posted by Compassion, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jan 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

This Deonna does not appear to be a "serial arsonist." She probably won't be setting any more fires in Pleasonton. She obviously was not setting a fire for "kicks."
The family was desperate, they filed for bankruptcy. That has to be an awful feeling. I think she was very upset when she did this. I am not condoning her arson, but seriously, she has really been punished. Do know how painful burns are? 60% of her body was burned and she was in horrible pain for months. Now she is scared for the rest of her life.
This poor woman and her family deserve some compassion. Until you have no money and don't know how you'll feed your family or keep a roof over their head, you'll never know how YOU would react in a similar situation. People in Pleasanton generally live very comfortable lives. This woman needs some real mental health guidance.

Also, I feel very bad for the neighbors who had to live with the burned house next to them for so long.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

"This poor woman and her family deserve some compassion. Until you have no money and don't know how you'll feed your family or keep a roof over their head, you'll never know how YOU would react in a similar situation."

I've read stories of people who commit suicide as a result of bankruptcy and I do feel some compassion for them. But in this case I find it a bit difficult to feel much compassion for the victim. First, she was apparently trying to commit some sort of insurance fraud by burning down the house. Secondly, by setting her house on fire she was endangering not only the houses of her nearby neighbors, but also their very lives as well as the lives of their children. She does need some mental health guidance, but given the fact that she acted without much regard for the lives or properties of those around her it's going to be difficult to generate much sympathy for her.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I think you do feel some compassion for her because you recognize that she needs some mental health guidance. People suffering like that often don't give much regard for those around them.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

the woman imploded...unable to care for herself or others...tragic


Posted by Peter Malloy, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

Don't confuse mental illness with desperation and a panic to cover one's crimes. By all accounts, this was a premeditated act that was selfish and reckless. She thought NOTHING of the neighbors whose houses caught fire that day because of her act of arson, she thought nothing of the firefighters who had to fight that inferno for nearly 6 hours that day, and she thought nothing of her children and the humiliation when their Arsonist mother brought shame to the family.

Don't cry for Deonna Zuffa because she set forth a chain of events that changed dozens of peoples lives forever.

I can say this because I was there that day.


Posted by Andrew Ochoa, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I was the school mate that had collected all the money for the Zuffa family. It's kind of ridiculous that you would even say that they are crooks. The only crook in the family was the mother. She left the father and the two boys with nothing, no clothes, no money, not ANYTHING. So yes, I did raise a TON of money for them, and got a very large amount of gift cards and clothes donations too. I did it because I love devon like a brother and they were I need. Before you say stuff like that on a public website, make sure your facts are correct.


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