Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Public safety

Hernando man faces arson charge

BROOKSVILLE — A man pulled from a burning mobile home in High Point in January was arrested Thursday and charged with arson and criminal mischief.

James Patrick Farrell, 63, turned himself in at the Hernando County Detention Center, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was wanted on a charge of first degree arson— a crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison — and criminal mischief.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Farrell used an "open flame device" to set fire to several pieces of furniture and household items throughout the home in an attempt to commit suicide. Farrell was renting the home, which was destroyed. No one else was inside at the time.

Farrell remained in jail Friday in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Officials said at the time of the Jan. 28 fire that they suspected Farrell set the blaze. A Hernando Sheriff's deputy went into the burning home at 9003 High Point Blvd., found Farrell lying on the floor and pulled him to safety. He was flown to Tampa General Hospital, where he was treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

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