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Wife, children not injured when Largo man sets fire to their bed, police say

LARGO — A 29-year-old Largo man was arrested Monday and accused of lighting a mattress on fire while his pregnant wife and two young daughters were in the bed, authorities said.

Rick Dakanno, of 1159 Clearwater Largo Road, Lot 127, was charged with first-degree arson.

According to an arrest report, Dakanno was drunk when he returned to his family's mobile home about 3 a.m. Monday and began arguing with his wife about "their plans to move north." Dakanno then took a lighter and ignited the mattress, Largo police said.

Dakanno's wife was able to put out the fire, which had also spread to the comforter. She then took the children, who had been sleeping next to her, and left.

The wife, who was not identified, is nine months pregnant, police said.

The wife and children — 1- and 2-year-old girls — went to stay at a family member's home, according to the arrest report.

Neither Dakanno nor his wife called police. Authorities were alerted by the manager of the mobile home park.

Dakanno was arrested about eight hours after the incident.

On Tuesday afternoon, he was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

An investigation is ongoing and Dakanno could face other charges, said Largo police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux.

Other than a failure to appear charge on a traffic offense in 2008, Dakanno does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Wife, children not injured when Largo man sets fire to their bed, police say 07/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 5:58pm]
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