[UPDATE] Tallahassee Fire Dept: Multiple Fires in Bradfordville Area

By: Eyewitness News/ Amy Long Email
By: Eyewitness News/ Amy Long Email

UPDATE 4-19-2011 10:45pm

At approximately 1:00 p.m. on April 19, 2011 the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Tallahassee Fire Department and the Florida Department of Agriculture responded to the area of Bradfordville Road and
Thomasville Road in reference to several brush fires. The Tallahassee Fire Department extinguished 16 separate fires in the same general area.

Witnesses told deputies and detectives that they observed a white male subject wearing blue jeans and no shirt in the areas where the fires had been started. At approximately 6:30 p.m. deputies located
James M. Stewart, 50, in the Bradfordville area. Stewart fit the description of the man observed leaving the area of the fires. Stewart was questioned by detectives about these incidents and admitted his
involvement in setting the fires.

Two of the fires were set near Chiles High School and the others were set in the wooded area behind the Kohl’s Department Store, the Publix Shopping Center and Target.

Stewart was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.

James M. Stewart
DOB: 12-06-1960


UPDATE 4-19-2011 9:12pm

LCSO says the person of interest has admitted his involvement with Tuesday afternoon's brush fires. The suspect is arrested and booked into the Leon County Jail.

We will have a mug shot as soon as it becomes available.
UPDATE 4-19-2011 6:54pm

LCSO says they have captured a person of interest, but no charges have been filed at this time.


UPDATE 4-19-2011 4:30pm,

Tallahassee, FL -

The Tallahassee Fire Department has been able to contain all the fires in the Bradfordville area, and LCSO continues to search for the man who they believe intentionally set 13 fires. No homes were damaged by any of the fires and apparently none were threatened by the blazes.

LCSO is looking for a thin, white man in his 50s wearing no shirt and jeans.


UPDATE 4-19-2011 4:10pm

Tallahassee, FL -

The Tallahassee Fire Department is currently fighting 13 brush fires in the Bradfordville area.

Leon County Sheriff's Office and TFD say they believe the fires were intentionally set. They are currently looking for a white man believed to be in his 50's who is wearing no shirt and jeans.

Officials believe the first blaze was set near Chiles High School and subsequent fires were ignited in isolated areas along Bradfordville Road.

LCSO has a helicopter in the air and bulldozers are being to cut better paths to fight the flames.

WCTV will continue to monitor the developing situation and bring you any updates as they become available.


Tallahassee, Florida - April 19, 2011 -

The Tallahassee Fire Department is currently fighting 13 brush fires in the Bradfordville area, according to Travis Oaks with TFD. There is no property damage at this time. The Leon county Sheriff's Office has a helicopter in the area, and the Division of Forestry is assisting.

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  • by TIR on Apr 20, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    The THUG.
  • by TIR on Apr 20, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    Why wasn't this white man on a job being a productive member of society. Typical.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    why does this look like sgt stewart from RJWC
  • by Dick Cheney fan Location: Wyoming on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    Mental disorder, you're suspciously up on all this pyro stuff. Do you mind telling us where you were during the fires, and hey, let's see what you have in your pockets.
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      by SMOKEY on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:45 PM in reply to Dick Cheney fan
  • by Caeser Location: Killearn on Apr 20, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    Great job to LCSO. Someone was complaining about the deputies driving fast to get to the fire. Well I'm glad they were able to get up here so quick and make an arrest and get to the bottom of it. Keep up the great work.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    I seen him playing golf at Golden Eagle
  • by Mental disorder? Location: Tallahassee on Apr 20, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    This dude will probably not do time because of his mental disease. Read on... A type of impulse control disorder, pyromania is an impulse to deliberately start fires to relieve tension and typically includes feelings of gratification or relief afterward. The term pyromania comes from the Greek word πῦρ ('pyr', fire). Pyromania is distinct from arson, and pyromaniacs are also distinct from those who start fires because of psychosis, for personal, monetary or political gain, or for acts of revenge. Pyromaniacs start fires to induce euphoria, and often fixate on institutions of fire control like fire stations and firefighters. *Tallahassee has such beauiful green spaces. It's a shame some of it got destroyed by this sick man.
  • by yep Location: tally on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    @ Teacher: I hope you never teach my child because you're dumb.
  • by John Location: Tallahassee on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    Why? Is he crazy? Can someone please explain why anyone would do something so cruel?
  • by teacher on Apr 20, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    I wonder if he "absconded" back in 1987 from Pinellas County. Hair Color: BLONDE OR STRAWBERRY Eye Color: BLUE Height: 5'09'' Weight: 145 lbs. Birth Date: 06/19/1962 Similar DOB, not exact but if he gave a wrong DOB, it could be. DC Number: 246653 (of course, no photo from 1987 even tho he escaped)
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