Arrest made in connection with Florida wildfires
Florida police said
Wednesday they had arrested a man in connection with a wildfire that they
believe was set by an arsonist.
Firefighters have been able to contain many of the more than 100 wildfires across 6,500 hectares in the state that have destroyed 22 homes and damaged 160 others.
Police suspected arson in several of the blazes, and on Wednesday said in a televised press conference that they had arrested a man who a witness allegedly saw throw an object out of a car into a forest, shortly before a small fire broke out. They caught the 31-year-old man in connection with the incident after a long chase.
He was being held on probation violation charges and no arson charges had yet been filed, police said, dpa reported.