"Human Intervention" Triggers Vacant Home Going Up In Flames, Says State Fire Marshal As Homeowner In Foreclosure Gets Pinched w/ Felony Arson Charge
In Escambia County, Florida, NorthEscambia.com reports:
- A Molino man has been charged with setting fire to his home that was in foreclosure last fall. George Thomas Alexander, 49, is facing a felony arson charge in connection with the fire in the 3500 block of Molino Road on October 6, 2010. He was arrested Monday night by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office and released from the Escambia County Jail on $10,000 bond.
- According to Lt. Kevin Fiedor with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the unoccupied home was in foreclosure and had no power and no gas. He said the fire appeared to have started in the rear of the home.
- “The fire obviously started with human intervention,” Fiedor said. Damage to the brick home was estimated at about $65,000. The Molino, Cantonment, McDavid, Century, Walnut Hill and Beulah stations of Escambia Fire Rescue worked for hours to fully extinguish the blaze.