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Victim in Valrico fire died from smoke inhalation

VALRICO — A man who was found dead in the aftermath of an arson Monday at a Valrico mobile home died of smoke inhalation, authorities said Tuesday.

An autopsy showed that Archie Ennis Carr, 72, died after the blaze was set at his home at 133 Oakhill View Drive early Monday, just after midnight, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Because Carr died as the result of arson, the man accused of setting the fire also faces a felony murder charge, authorities said.

That man, Frank Stanley Chapman Jr., 42, remained jailed Tuesday without bail. He had lived at the home about two weeks.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Chapman had told a deputy at the scene that "Cowboy told me to set the fire." That's the nickname of the victim.

Chapman's brother, Ed Chapman of Lakeland, said his brother has a long history of mental illness and has both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Police detained Chapman early Monday after a neighbor in the Oakhill Village Mobile Home Park reported that he had been pacing in the street for hours while carrying a hammer, authorities said. He had repeatedly approached the neighbor's house and asked to be taken to a mental hospital.

Shortly after deputies responded to the call, the fire was reported at the mobile home.

Victim in Valrico fire died from smoke inhalation 10/15/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:02pm]
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