California man charged in Home Depot fire so large it was detected from space

Dyllin Jaycruz Gogue, 27, a San Jose resident, faces multiple felony charges, including aggravated arson, related to the April 9 blaze. He was arrested on April 15. 

Santa Clara County prosecutors said he intentionally lit a fire in an aisle while stealing tools inside the 98,827 square foot store. 

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Dyllin Jaycruz Gogue, 27, is charged with setting a Home Depot on fire while shoplifting, police said.

Dyllin Jaycruz Gogue, 27, is charged with setting a Home Depot on fire while shoplifting, police said. (San Jose Police Department)

He is charged with aggravated arson, seven counts of grand theft and three counts of petty theft. The fire resulted in a loss of $ 17 million in inventory and prompted a response by more than 100 San Jose firefighters and public safety radio dispatchers. 

“I speak for a grateful city in commending the outstanding work of our Fire and Police departments in saving lives and rapidly identifying the suspect. The DA’s charging decision appropriately recognizes the gravity and severity of harm posed by the suspect’s actions,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement. 

Investigators said Gogue lit the fire and tried to leave with a cart full of tools. He was stopped by a store employee and fled in a car. He also stole items from a Bass Pro Shop earlier in the day, prosecutors said.

He later shoplifted from a nearby Macy’s department store, authorities said. As the fire raged, it grew so big that it was visible from space, authorities said.