TFD: Tallahassee House Fire Determined to be Arson

By: TFD Release, Julie Montanaro Email
By: TFD Release, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 5.12.2011 by Julie Montanaro

A fire that did 85-thousand dollars in damage to a Tallahassee home is deemed an arson.

It happened at a home on Volusia Street Wednesday afternoon.

Tallahassee firefighters responded to an alarm. When they got there, no one was home, but they discovered multiple fires burning inside the house.

The state fire marshal later ruled it an arson.

The front door is boarded up and a pile of charred clothing sits in the driveway.

Other than that it's hard to tell from the outside that anything is wrong, but a look inside tells a much different story.

When we arrived on scene the homeowner was meeting with an insurance company representative. She, and family members who drove up last night from Tampa, did not wish to comment on camera.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state's Arson hotline at
1-877-no-arson. Fire marshals are offering a reward of up to five thousand dollars for information.

May 12, 2011

Yesterday afternoon around 2pm, Tallahassee Firefighters responded to a fire alarm in the 1000 Block of Volusia Street. Upon arrival, they found the residence filled with smoke and called for a full house fire response. Firefighters forced entry into the residence and quickly completed a search for any victims, but found no one home at the

During the search, they located multiple fires within the home and determined the fires to be suspicious in nature. The on-call Tallahassee Fire Investigator called for assistance from The State Fire Marshal’s Office, who later determined the cause to be arson. The investigation is on-going at this time.

The American Red Cross was called and offered assistance to the resident.

No injuries were reported during the incident. Damage is estimated at $85,000.

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  • by Dee Location: Quincy on May 13, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    Insurance Fraud!!And they wasn't really smart about it either, there are many and better ways of doing it...the dummies here just didn't know how...multiple fires burning throughout house how dumb!!!!
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      by really.... on May 13, 2011 at 07:51 AM in reply to Dee
      no offense, you sound as if you're experienced.
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    I think it's sad that people like you make fun and suspect the victims of hateful crimes. Put yourself in their shoes, it happened to them, it could happen to anyone. And if it does happen to you, then how would feel to read the same comments about yourself?
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      by Wise Guy on May 12, 2011 at 07:33 PM in reply to
      It was ruled an arson. Someone is trying to cash in, get revenge, or hide some evidence. Which one do you think is most likely? Maybe the victim is the insurance company.
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        by You're Not As Wise As You Think on May 13, 2011 at 05:39 PM in reply to Wise Guy
        Why don't we take a look behind door number two? Your speculative skills are trite and atrocious at best, "Wise Guy"; although I do appreciate the irony in your name.
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      by John on May 13, 2011 at 05:47 AM in reply to
      The number one motive for residential arson fires is insurance fraud.
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on May 12, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    What? several fires inside this dwelling?? What? You think you know me? What do you know? What? What? You don't know me! What?
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      by Anon on May 12, 2011 at 05:34 PM in reply to Steve
      Hicks and radnecks...Thats all. You don't know me, you necks, and heads! You don't know me! It burned?!
  • by Wise Guy Location: T-Town on May 12, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    Someone is trying to cash in on that insurance policy. Expect more of this as the economy sucks.
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      by Backbone on May 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to Wise Guy
      The owner, is the perp...
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        by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM in reply to Backbone
        the perp and derp
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      by Danu on May 12, 2011 at 10:54 AM in reply to Wise Guy
      Ditto... I suspect Insurance Companies will beef up their fraud units... I guess the newly laid off state employees can go work for them.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 11:46 AM in reply to Danu
        wow, you're hilarious. not.
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        by Katelin on May 12, 2011 at 06:15 PM in reply to Danu
        Insurance companies can "beef up" their fraud units all they want--especially for ignorant and morally unsound people such as yourself-- but all of the "beef"-ing in the world wouldn't and couldn't find fraud in this case bacause it simply is not there.
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