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CFO Alex Sink Announces Arrest of Seminole County Man Charged with Arson & Attempted Murder


CONTACT: Kevin Cate or Jennifer Hirst, 850-413-2842

TALLAHASSEE— Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal (SFM) Alex Sink today announced the arrest of Earl S. Wilson, 55, on two counts of arson and four counts of attempted murder following a residential fire this morning in Seminole County. Wilson was booked into the Seminole County Jail and is being held without bond.

“Arson is a serious crime that puts the lives of innocent people and rescue personnel at risk and I hope this arrest sends a clear message to all arsonists that their actions will not be tolerated,” said CFO Sink. “Fortunately, no injuries were sustained in this case, and I commend my SFM detectives and the Sanford Fire and Police Departments for their good work to protect Floridians.”

The Sanford Fire Department called the State Fire Marshal’s Orlando office this morning to investigate the cause of a fire that began outside of a home located at 1016 East 9th Street in Seminole County.  After arriving on scene, SFM investigators, with the assistance of K-9 Misty, confirmed the fires were intentionally set after locating and identifying an accelerant. The home’s two occupants told detectives that Wilson had threatened to burn the residence down and within minutes the fire was discovered. The fire spread to a second residential structure where two residents were home, which accounts for Wilson’s four attempted murder charges.

CFO Sink’s State Fire Marshal Bureau has six accelerant detection K-9 teams located statewide. Bureau K-9 handlers responded to 435 requests for assistance in 2009.

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services and serves as the State Fire Marshal.  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.