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Elk Grove man accused of Roseville arson allegedly targeted wrong house

Christopher James Robinson
Christopher James Robinson Booking photo provided by Roseville Police Department

An Elk Grove man who allegedly went to Roseville to contact someone against whom he had a grievance is accused of arson in connection with a Wednesday night house fire, but police say he apparently went to the wrong house.

The Roseville Fire Department responded about 9:52 p.m. Wednesday to a fire at a home in the 1300 block of Champagne Circle. They found the fire had spread to the roof and attic, and was threatening adjacent homes. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, preventing it from spreading, and remained on scene throughout the night to make sure it didn’t reignite. The house suffered extensive damage, and fire investigators determined that the fire was an act of arson, according to a Roseville Police Department news release.

Police said a woman was in the house when the fire started, and her 18-year-old son helped her an the family dog escape from the residence. She was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

About a half-hour after the fire was reported, the Sacramento Police Department received a call from a man who wanted to talk about the Roseville fire. After talking with the caller, Sacramento police notified Roseville police. Roseville officers met Sacramento officers in the Natomas area and took custody of 20-year-old Christopher James Robinson of Elk Grove.

Based on the preliminary investigation, Roseville police said, it appears Robinson went to Roseville to contact someone about a grievance, but he went to the wrong home. Police said Robinson did not know any of the occupants at the home where the fire occurred.

Robinson was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson-related charges. He is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.