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Ocala Fire & Arson Investigators Investigate Another Motel Fire Death in Marion County

4/19/2002

Silver Springs, FL –State Fire Marshal Investigators, assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, are investigating another fire death that occurred at a Silver Springs motel Thursday evening.

At approximately 9:38 p.m., Marion County Fire and Rescue was summoned to the report of a fire at the Scottish Inn Motel, 5401 E. Silver Springs Blvd in Ocala, after the owner reported a fire in Unit #106. When the firefighters arrived, the fire was extinguished and the body of a white male was discovered on the bed inside the unit.

Investigators are describing the death of the man, who has been identified as James David Stoltz, 711 N.E. 45th Street in Ocala, as under investigation. Results from the medical examiners office are pending.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Ocala Field Office conducted the fire scene investigation. The fire, which was confined to the one motel unit, is still under investigation. Fire damage is estimated at approximately $5,000.

Detectives have stated that this Scottish Inn Motel fire fatality is in no way related to the Tuesday evening Ranch Motel murder and arson that occurred in Orange Lake. These two motel fire fatalities are being considered separate incidents that coincidentally occurred within two days in Marion County.

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 this case is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON) or the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 352-732-8181. Information also may be mailed to Arson Control, P.O. Box 1654, Winter Park, FL. 32790.