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Serial Arsonist Arrested in Altamonte Springs Arson Case

1/11/2016


Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842
 
 
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS – The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, which operates under the direction of the Florida Department of Financial Services and CFO Jeff Atwater, today announced the arrest of Travis Michael Pierce, 27, for allegedly setting two separate structure fires at the local golf club “The Links at 434” club house in Altamonte Springs on January 1st and 4th, 2016. Pierce, a former volunteer firefighter from Pennsylvania, is not new to arson charges.
 
At the time of his arrest, he was on parole for arson- and fraud-related to fires set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Fortunately, the golf course and club houses involved in the most recent fires had been closed for more than a year, and the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The first fire was set near the front door of the building using common combustibles and a lighter. Pierce put this fire out and returned to the building on January 4th to set the second fire in a utility closet using paint thinner he found in the building.
 
Pierce is charged with two counts of arson to a structure and burglary of an unoccupied structure. Pierce faces a possible 45 years in prison, if convicted. The State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to thank the Altamonte Springs Police Department for their assistance with this case.

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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).