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Fugitive in 1997 Live Oak Arson Apprehended in North Carolina

4/24/2002

Live Oak, FL –Authorities in North Carolina have arrested Arvind P. Patel on warrants stemming from an arson fire at his Live Oak business in 1997.

At approximately 10:35 p.m. on May 31, 1997, the Live Oak Fire Department responded to a discount beverage store fire at 615 South Ohio Avenue in Live Oak. An investigation conducted by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Live Oak Fire Department revealed that the fire, which did approximately $90,000 in damage, was the result of arson.

In August 1997, Arvind Patel moved from Suwannee County to an unknown location prior to the investigation being completed. The investigation revealed that the business was secured at the time of the fire, and that Arvind Patel was the last person in the store and had left the building minutes before the fire was reported.

Arvind P. Patel, who is currently being held in North Carolina pending extradition to Florida, is charged with Arson, Burning to Defraud, and Insurance Fraud.

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 fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin. Anyone with information about any suspicious fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON). Information may also be mailed to Arson Control, P.O. Box 1654, Winter Park, FL 32790.