A disturbing incident in Daytona Beach has resulted in the Florida Fire Marshal investigating an arson case and a woman being hospitalized. According to the official report, at around 8:30 on Monday morning, a team of Daytona Beach firefighters were on their way to their fire station when they noticed smoke coming from a home in the neighborhood of Pelican Bay. Redirecting their course to the source of the smoke, the firefighters found the source of the smoke in Tropic Bird Court.
Smoke poured out the windows of one of the houses along this otherwise quiet street. In front of the house, lying on the ground, the firefighters found an unconscious woman. Lifting her to safety, the firefighters then entered the house. Although smoke was coming out of the windows, the home had not yet become fully engulfed by the flames, making the initial investigation far simpler.
Searching through the rooms in order to ascertain that there was indeed no one else in the building, the firefighters discovered several fires in different rooms of the house: the living room, a bedroom, and the kitchen. The firefighters also discovered enough evidence for them to claim that the fire was intentionally started by an individual using matches. The three rooms where the Daytona Beach Firefighters found the fires were each ignition points, where the individual or individuals who set the fire were hoping to create enough power to burn the entire structure to the ground.
The initial investigation has revealed that the woman, who has not been named, was renting the home with her husband. When the firefighters arrived at the house, the husband was not there. It is not known whether or not he has since been found and what connection, if any, he might have to the fire that nearly took the life of his spouse. She was taken to the hospital where it was determined that she was suffering from smoke inhalation. In addition, she had burns along her hands that indicated that she was opening doors whose doorknobs were especially hot.
Although the structure itself survived the blaze, the damage to the home is being estimated at $40,000.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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