DeSoto man charged in fire at dad's mobile home

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO — DeSoto County authorities say a man is charged with intentionally setting fire to a mobile home where his two teenage children were living with their grandfather.

The Commercial Appeal reported that 50-year-old James Angelo remained in the DeSoto County Jail on Monday, two days after his arrest. Bond was set at $190,000, and it was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Angelo’s father, 70-year-old Butch Angelo, and James Angelo’s children, who are 17 and 14, escaped from the burning home.

Authorities say a neighbor called 911 Thursday after seeing three structures on fire. The mobile home and barn were destroyed, but a workshop remained standing.

James Angelo is also charged with burglary of a residence and a felon in possession of a weapon.

A family friend, Michelle Ford, told the newspaper that the Angelo family is working to rebuild after losing everything in the fire. She said the 17-year-old boy had been working at a pizza restaurant for two months to save up for a jacket that was lost in the fire. She said her church group gave him money to replace the jacket.

Ford said the children’s mother died in a car accident three years ago.