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Santa Rosa County Man Charged in Multiple Arsons

3/11/2005

CONTACT:
Lt. Kevin Fiedor
(850) 453-7840

MIDWAY– A Santa Rosa County man confessed today to setting a series of fires in the Magnolia Manor mobile home park. Since June of 2004, a series of arsons have occurred to several vehicles and mobile homes.   
 
William Norton Jr, 46, of 1522 Magnolia Manor Drive, Lot B, a resident of the mobile home park, was booked into Escambia County Jail and was charged with nine counts of arson and two counts of attempted murder.
 
The attempted murder counts are for setting fire to a mobile home occupied by a woman and her infant child. Detectives said Norton intentionally set a fire under the mobile home using common combustible materials while the two slept inside. Awakened by a smoke detector, the occupant grabbed her infant and fled her home without injury. Damage to the mobile home is estimated at $7,000.00. 
 
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 or any incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON). Information may also be mailed to The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, 105A Lewis Street, Suite 103, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida 32547.