UPDATED: CANYON LAKE: Local man arrested, charged with starting blaze that displaced family of four and killed family’s dog

UPDATE: April 5, 11:49 p.m.

 

CANYON LAKE – Officials have announced the arrest of a man they allege started an April 4 fire at a Canyon Lake residence. A family of four was displaced and their pet dog died during the blaze that destroyed their home in the in the 23000 block of Canyon Lake Drive North in Canyon Lake.

The fire, which caused “significant damage” and left the home uninhabitable, was quickly determined to have been purposefully set and officials began investigating the fire as an arson.

Jeremy Jackson Jones was arrested for allegedly starting a fire that destroyed a Canyon Lake home April 4. RSO booking photo

Just one day after the fire, on Wednesday, April 5, Cal Fire law enforcement officers and Riverside County Sheriff’s officials arrested Jeremy Jackson Jones, 21, of Canyon Lake for allegedly starting the fire.

He was booked at the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of arson to an inhabited dwelling, criminal threats, residential burglary, cruelty to animals and two arson enhancements.

Officials have not specified what led them to determine Jones was involved with starting the fire.

The investigation into the cause of the fire began after about two dozen firefighters spent nearly two hours battling the residential blaze.

Although fire officials immediately mounted an aggressive attack on the fire and saved about $75,000 in property, Newman estimated the loss at about $400,000.

An online jail records search revealed Jackson is being held on $2 million bail and he is scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center April 7.

The American Red Cross later responded to the scene to assist two adults and two children who were displaced by the fire.

 

CANYON LAKE – A family was displaced and their pet dog died during a fire that destroyed a home April 4. The fire, that left the home uninhabitable, happened in the in the 23000 block of Canyon Lake Drive North in Canyon Lake.

About two dozen firefighters spent nearly two hours battling the blaze.

The American Red Cross later responded to the scene to assist two adults and two children who were displaced by the fire.

Emergency first responders rushed to the area just after 4 p.m., after citizens began calling 911 to report the residential blaze.

Twenty-three firefighters from five engine companies and one truck company responded to the residential fire, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire spokeswoman April Newman. They were assisted by four battalion commanders a fire investigator.

“The first arriving Chief Officer reported a working fire in a two-story, single family dwelling,” Newman explained after the fire.

Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters immediately mounted an aggressive attack on the fire, which one nearby resident, Ted Charles described as “completely out of control,” when they arrived.

“When I smelled the heavy smoke and then saw the fire I was so worried the family hadn’t made it out safely and that someone could have been injured or killed,” Charles said.

While firefighters battled the blaze, sheriff’s deputies assisted with crowd and traffic control.

Firefighters managed to knock the fire down about 6 p.m.

Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company were summoned to the scene to shut off utilities to the house, which was destroyed by the blaze.

Although fire officials saved about $75,000 in property during the fire, Newman estimated the loss at about $400,000.

Animal Control officials later responded to the scene of the fire to remove the family’s pet that was killed during the fire. Officials did not specify the breed or age of the family pet that died in the blaze.

After the fire was extinguished. fire resources remained at the scene for about two hours for overhaul and mop up operations

No other injuries related to the fire were reported.

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