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.

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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
time.

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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