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Information Solicited in Arson Investigation of Charlotte County Storage Facility

10/6/2010

CONTACT:
Detective Adam Rivero (239) 278-7525 or 
Detective Richard Nix, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (941) 639-2101
                                                                                                     PORT CHARLOTTE— State Fire Marshal and CFO Alex Sink’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, in partnership with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, has announced the investigation of a suspected arson fire at the Storage America Self Storage Complex located at 1145 Capricorn Boulevard in Port Charlotte, Florida, which destroyed over 80 individual self-storage units containing customers’ personal belongings. 
 
On Monday, September 27, 2010, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the Charlotte County Fire Department responded to a fire call at the Storage America Self Storage Complex.  When the firefighters arrived on scene the structure was heavily engulfed in flames and was eventually deemed a total loss.
 
While firefighters fought to tame the fire, eight firefighters ended up suffering from heat exhaustion and required medical treatment.  As the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s office continue investigating this criminal offense, both agencies are seeking any information from the community that may be helpful in providing details relevant to the crime. 
 
The Florida Advisory Council on Arson Prevention (FACAP) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 cash for any information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for this fire. Information related to this investigation can be provided anonymously by calling the FACAP Arson Hotline at 1-(877) NO ARSON (1-877-662-7766) or Charlotte County Crimestoppers at 1-(800) 780-TIPS (8477).
 
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is the law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local law enforcement and fire service agencies in the investigations of fires of a suspicious origin.
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices. Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal