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Riverside County Fire Truck. Courtesy of rvcfire.org


A homeless man accused of igniting multiple fires in west Riverside was charged Thursday with five counts of arson.

Daniel John Moreno, 32, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly started a fire outside an apartment complex at 3990 Reynolds Road, near County Farm Road.

Moreno — being held on $170,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside — was slated to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to the Riverside Fire Department, crews were sent to Reynolds Road address about 3:30 a.m. in response to calls of a person in medical distress.

However, moments after arriving at the apartment building, first responders realized that a fire was underway and deployed to suppress it.

No one was injured. The extent of damage to the property was not specified.

Fire Capt. Ray Mendoza said that police officers detained Moreno at the scene, and after a member of the fire department’s arson unit questioned him, the defendant was taken into custody without incident for allegedly setting the blaze.

According to Mendoza, during Moreno’s interrogation, he allegedly confessed to lighting other fires in the area. A possible motive was not disclosed.

The following are the dates and locations of the other alleged acts of arson:

— 9707 Magnolia Ave., 2:50 a.m., Aug. 12;

— 3950 Magnolia, 7:20 p.m., Aug. 12;

— 9707 Magnolia, 5 a.m., Aug. 13; and

— 9741 Magnolia, 10:15 a.m., Aug. 13.

No injuries were associated with any of the fires, which generally occurred in the Arlanza area of the city, north of the Riverside (91) Freeway. Investigators did not disclose the level of damage to the targeted properties.

Anyone with information about the offenses was asked to contact Mendoza at rbmendoza@riversideca.gov .

According to court records, Moreno has a prior misdemeanor conviction for trespassing.

–City News Service

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