Anchondo was not living with his parents at the time the house burned.
About 1 a.m. the day of the fire, Anchondo called his sister Patricia Robb and asked for his parents. Robb told Anchondo they had gone out for the night.
Anchondo again called his sister about 2:30 a.m. and allegedly said, "If you see my parents, tell them their house is on fire."
After police and firefighters responded to the fire, Anchondo was found inside the house of a neighbor. He had blood on his clothing and soot on his face, according to reports.
Investigators also found blood on the window of Anchondo's parents' bedroom, where the fire is thought to have originated.
While police were interrogating Anchondo, he reportedly told them he set the bed sheets on fire but tried to extinguish them and then exited through the window.
Neighboring houses were also in danger during the fire. One of the houses was saved by its owner, who kept the blaze from spreading to his house with a hose.
"Here in the Valley, (arson is) not tolerated and especially agriculture arson. We take arson as one of the most serious crimes," Honse said.
That is the reason why the D.A.'s Office was reluctant to make Anchondo a plea offer, Honse added.
"This was egregious because he lit his father's house and almost burned the neighborhood," Honse said.
>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.