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State Fire Marshal Sink Announces Arson Arrest for Hialeah Kitchen Fire

8/28/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 28, 2009
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jennifer Hirst (850) 413-2842
 
STATE FIRE MARSHAL SINK ANNOUNCES ARSON ARREST FOR HIALEAH KITCHEN FIRE
Fire Initially Defined as Accidental; New Leads Determine Arson
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink today announced the arrest of a Hialeah woman who has been charged with arson and insurance fraud for intentionally setting fire to her kitchen and submitting fraudulent insurance claim.
 
Ysaris Diaz, 37, was arrested this afternoon and booked into the Miami Dade County Jail. The arrest is the result of an investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, with assistance from the Hialeah Fire and Police Departments and Citizens Insurance Company.
 
“Arson is a serious crime that puts innocent citizens and rescue personnel at great risk,” said CFO Sink. “I commend the detectives who have worked this case, and urge citizens to report any suspicions or information regarding arson so we can hold criminals accountable for their violent and costly actions.”
 
A fire occurred on August 13, 2009.  Hialeah Fire Department arrived on scene, extinguished the fire, and at the time saw no suspicious indicators that the fire was intentionally set.  On August 19, a Citizens Insurance adjuster called the State Fire Marshal’s office, after a site visit to Diaz’s home, with concerns that the fire may not have been accidental. 
 
After a Citizen’s Insurance investigator took pictures of the home, the Hialeah Fire Department was asked to review the images and found major discrepancies.  While the only damage to the home at the time of the fire was in the kitchen, the pictures showed fire damage in other areas of the house – which were determined to be separate and unrelated to the kitchen fire.  CFO Sink’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations executed a search warrant this morning at Diaz’s home and after investigating the damage, it was confirmed that arson was the cause of the kitchen fire.
 
Diaz was arrested without incident and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.  This is the second arrest related to kitchen fires in Hialeah worked by the BFAI Miami field office within the past few months. 
 
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin.  Anyone with information about arson or any suspicious incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NO-ARSON).  Rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
 
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