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Jacksonville Man Charged With Attempted Murder and Arson After Setting Bahia Drive Resident on Fire

12/22/2015

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Department of Financial Services’ Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM) today announced the recent arrest of Jason Lee Wilson, 41, for his alleged involvement in a residential fire that took place on Bahia Drive in Jacksonville. The blaze severely injured one resident and left the Bahia Drive home with at least $20,000 in damages.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. on September 20th, the Jacksonville Fire Department (JFD) received a call regarding a structure fire at 10767 Bahia Drive. After securing the scene, JFD noticed that the origin of this fire was very different than most. Firefighters quickly discovered that one of the home’s residents had been intentionally lit on fire –  a fire that ultimately spread to the garage area of the home. Immediately following this discovery, the State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene to investigate further.

The State Fire Marshal’s investigation revealed that Jason Lee Wilson, who was well known to the victim, allegedly doused one of the home’s occupants with an ignitable fluid and then lit the victim on fire. The fire quickly engulfed the individual and spread throughout the garage of the home, an area that had been renovated into a common room. The Jacksonville Fire Department was able to rescue the resident and prevent the home from becoming a total loss, but not before more than $20,000 in damages occurred.

A warrant was obtained by the State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations that led to Jason Wilson’s arrest. Wilson was booked into the Duval County Jail on charges of felony attempted murder and arson to a dwelling. Bond was set at $500,006, and investigators are still working to determine Wilson’s motive.

This case will be prosecuted by the Office of State Attorney Angela B. Corey For the Fourth Judicial Court and if convicted, Wilson faces up to 30 years in prison.

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).