Man Charged in Desert Hot Springs Fire That Displaced 5 Adults

City News Service

INDIO (CNS) – A 29-year-old man was charged today with a pair of
felonies for allegedly causing a fire that displaced five adults from their
single-story duplex in Desert Hot Springs.

Carl Johnson was charged with arson of an inhabited property and
possession of a fire/explosive device.

Johnson is slated to be arraigned Thursday afternoon at the Larson
Justice Center in Indio.

The fire was reported at 2:35 a.m. Monday in the 66000 block of Desert
View Avenue, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The duplex was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived,
officials said.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the displaced
residents. No injuries were reported.

Johnson was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in
Banning and was being held without bail.

According to court records, Johnson pleaded guilty in January to
violating a restraining order and battery on a person with whom he was living.
He was on probation in that case when he allegedly caused the fire.

Copyright 2022, City News Service, Inc.

CNS-07-07-2022 12:25

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