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Man denies firefighters access to fire, is arrested

MASARYKTOWN — A Pasco man with a lengthy history with deputies kicked firefighters off his property when they tried to extinguish a blaze, authorities say.

George "Junior" Brick, 48, of 16944 Pasco Acres Drive, was arrested and charged with obstructing the extinguishment of a fire on Thursday night.

The fire was about 40 feet from nearby mobile homes, a report said, and firefighters called a sheriff's deputy for assistance after Brick ordered them to leave, shutting the entrance gate behind them.

The deputy who responded wrote in a report that he knew Brick for "previously obstructing firefighting efforts and pulling a firearm on deputies during a standoff."

When he arrived and found the firefighters locked out, the deputy yelled Brick's name.

"I knew this male," the deputy wrote, "... and called out to him several times to allow entry to no avail."

After four requests, Brick finally opened the gate. He was cited for illegal burning and then taken into custody. He was later released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

Brick's rap sheet includes various stints in jail and prison for offenses including illegal dumping, misuse of 911 and improper display of a firearm, as well as driving under the influence.

In 2011, records show, Brick went to a neighbor's house to retrieve two dachsund puppies he claimed belonged to him. Armed with two guns, he claimed he was ready to die, according to published reports. He grabbed the dogs and ran.

Deputies went to his house and called the SWAT unit, as Brick had a history of fighting with deputies, the Sheriff's Office said at the time.

Brick was charged then with armed home invasion, though the case was later dropped.

In 2007, deputies caught Brick illegally storing batteries, tires and other debris on his property within 50 feet of a well. He was charged with violating Florida's litter law and had a warrant at the time for aggravated assault and false imprisonment.

Since 1983, Brick has spent more than 10 years incarcerated in correctional institutions.

Man denies firefighters access to fire, is arrested 08/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 10:15pm]
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