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Man burned in Los Osos house fire to face trial on arson charge

Mark Warren Hannah, 48, is facing felony charges of arson and evading police officers following a Feb. 8 fire that destroyed a home in Los Osos.
Mark Warren Hannah, 48, is facing felony charges of arson and evading police officers following a Feb. 8 fire that destroyed a home in Los Osos. Courtesy of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

A Los Osos man who family members say was distraught before he was badly burned in a fire that destroyed his home is scheduled to go to trial next week on charges of arson and evading police officers.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed four felonies against Mark Warren Hannah, 48, in May, including one charge of arson and three counts of fleeing from officers following a Feb. 8 fire that burned down a house in the 600 block of Woodland Drive and sent Hannah to a Fresno burn unit in critical condition.

Hannah pleaded not guilty to all charges at a May 5 arraignment, according to court records.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said at the time that Hannah’s family asked authorities to check on him before the fire because they were worried about his mental health. As deputies arrived, Hannah reportedly drove away and later returned to the home.

During the fire, Cal Fire crews found Hannah in the backyard with burns to his feet, hands, torso and face. Cipolla said Hannah was taken via ambulance to a local hospital and later to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Hannah was booked into County Jail in May, where he remained Monday in lieu of $35,000 bail.

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