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Two Wednesday Fires in Seminole Woods Now Suspected Acts of Arson By Youths

| August 25, 2016

The scene on Sellner Place Wednesday afternoon, before authorities concluded that the fire there, and a few lots down later that evening, may have been intentionally set. (© FlaglerLive)

The scene on Sellner Place Wednesday afternoon, before authorities concluded that the fire there, and a few lots down later that evening, may have been intentionally set. (© FlaglerLive)

When a fire broke out in the woods immediately adjacent to the house at 7 Sellner Place in Palm Coast’s Seminole Woods Wednesday, county and city firefighters responded quickly, put out the flames and saved the house in what turned out to nbe a very close call: the flames were already into the eaves of the house.

That fire broke out at 3 p.m. It was out by 4 p.m. Not long after that, there was smoke across the street at Sergeant Court. That turned out to be a minor emergency in a flowerbed. That fire was put out. Neither fires were thought suspicious at the time, with the second fire blamed on embers from the first fire.

At 8 p.m., however, yet anoither fire broke out in an empty lot at Selma Trail and Sellner Place, four lots down from the original fire at Sellner. That fire spread quickly, and residents in adjacent homes were evacuated. Flagler County Fire Rescue and the Palm Coast Fire Department extinguished that fire as they had the previous ones.

It wasn’t long that evening before Flagler County Fire Captain Richard Bennett deemed both Selnner Place fires suspicious, according to a heavily censored Flagler County Sheriff’s incident report. The second fire was not a “rekindle,” according to the report, meaning it was not sparked from a previous fire.

Rather, authorities spoke with witnesses who saw youths run away from the scenes of the fires on both occasions–youths who in both cases matched descriptions. One resident saw two youths run through her backyard within moments of the fire starting. A wallet was also found at the scene of one of the fires, giving authorities a way to trace back to the owner of the wallet, who may be a suspect in the fire. The sheriff’s incident report does list a suspect, but all information pertaining to the individual is censored.

Authorities suspect that a fire two weeks ago on September Trail, which branches off of Selma Trail, not far from Sellner Place, may have been related to Wednesday’s fires. The Florida Division of Forestry is also investigating the fires.

Intentionally set wildfires would not take long to spread in the current environment in Flagler County, where the drought index is approaching 500 on an 800 scale, and conditions have been persistently dry.

9 Responses for “Two Wednesday Fires in Seminole Woods Now Suspected Acts of Arson By Youths”

  1. Sandra Peterson says:

    This pisses me off if it is arson. It’s not funny. I don’t want to go through what we went through in 98. Deputies should step up patrols in problem areas. Instead hiding around the bend in the road worrying about someone going a little over the speed limit or a tail light out… maybe put more effort into real serious problems. And people. DON’T THROW YOUR CIGARETTE BUTTS OUT YOUR CAR WINDOW!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, blame it on the deputies and not the parents. Hmmm I think we might be on to something🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒

  3. DaveT says:

    I sure hope the police find, arrest and our courts prosecute those responsible regardless of age to the full extent of the law. What if homes would have burned and people harmed by the fire. I’m just thankful our fire departments are responsive and prevented what could have been a horrible tragedy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Fire-setting, bed-wetting and cruelty to animals–the unholy “triad” of a future serial killer. So, that’s one down.

  5. woodchuck says:

    You only get 7 years for shooting another human,what is setting fires?A trip to the ice cream store?

  6. Tired of it says:

    If they are minors what do you think is really going to happen to them? Hell the State Attorney doesn’t prosecute thug dirt bags for crimes what makes you think he will prosecute these little punks. The parents should be required to do community service and pay restitution. Maybe they would wake up then and teach their little brats to be better people.

  7. Roy Bean says:

    Hang the little “juvies” !!!!

  8. Born and Raised Here says:

    It’s should be left up to these neighborhoods to set up Neighborhood Watch and get out of the house and patrol your own neighborhoods. A walk around your block every day and night would help eliminate crime, and you would get some exercise, too. Take Action in your Neighborhood..

  9. Anonymous says:

    “Neighborhood Watch” is a great idea–as long as people realize how to do it effectively and fairly. Perhaps the local police can help the neighborhoods organize such patrols. We don’t want a “George Zimmerman” situation here in Palm Coast.

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