Firefighter Resigns After Arson Charge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Apopka, FL (AP) - A central Florida firefighter has resigned
after being charged with setting a co-worker on fire during a
Christmas party last month.

Apopka police say 44-year-old Jason Leblanc has been charged
with arson and arson resulting in the injury of another.

Police say Leblanc was at a Christmas party Dec. 18 when he
poured lighter fluid on 25-year-old Jack Shumate's legs and lit him
on fire. The party had not been organized by the Apopka Fire
Department.

Shumate was taken to a nearby hospital with second-degree burns
on his legs. He has not returned to work since the fire.

Alcohol was available at the party, but officials say it's not
clear if Leblanc or Shumate had been drinking.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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