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Deputies: Pasco man set fire to home with girlfriend, child inside

Steven Landseadel

Steven Landseadel

NEW PORT RICHEY — Steven Landseadel left home in the middle of an argument Monday night. Authorities say he came back with a can of gasoline, which he poured in the living room, hall and kitchen of the mobile home he shares with his girlfriend, their 5-year-old son and a roommate at 9325 Kiowa Drive.

Then he lit it — with his girlfriend and son in the house, said the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies and firefighters arrived, smoke poured from the home. The 26-year-old girlfriend and her son, who turns 6 next month, held hands as they came out of the house. Neither was injured.

Landseadel, 35, came out screaming. He had burns on his legs and a self-inflicted wound on his arm, a report states.

The fire caused about $1,000 in damage to the Griffin Park home, authorities say. It is unknown what the couple argued about.

Landseadel, who is unemployed, was treated at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and then taken to the Pasco County Jail.

He is charged with arson in an occupied structure. He remained Tuesday at the jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

Deputies: Pasco man set fire to home with girlfriend, child inside 03/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:07pm]
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