December 3, 2023
Firefighters battle the blaze in Lemon Grove. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A person was in custody Monday for allegedly assaulting one other man and setting a home fireplace that killed a canine in Lemon Grove this weekend.

Authorities responded at 3 p.m. Sunday to a burning house within the 1500 block of Taft Road. The fireplace was snuffed out by Heartland Hearth and Rescue and different neighboring fireplace companies, in keeping with a press release from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division.

Throughout an investigation into the fireplace, a person was found within the yard of the house with a puncture wound to his proper leg.

In accordance with sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Phillips, deputies realized the person was assaulted by 28-year-old Mario “Marina” Milton, although the character of that alleged assault was not disclosed in a sheriff’s information launch.

The sheriff’s division additionally alleges Milton lit the home on fireplace with a torch.

As firefighters cleaned up the burned stays, a canine was discovered deceased inside the house, which sustained main injury to its storage and front room, Phillips mentioned.

The alleged assault sufferer was taken to a hospital for therapy.

Milton was arrested on suspicion of arson, assault with a lethal weapon and animal cruelty. He’s being held on $150,000 bail, in keeping with county jail information.

Up to date at 4:28 p.m. July 3, 2023

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.