UPDATE: Westville fire suspected to be arson


A volunteer fire fighter continues to apply water to home destroyed by fire the morning of Aug. 7. The fire was so intense that it melted the children's pool located in the front of the home.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 01:43 PM.

Update as of Aug. 11

WESTVILLE – Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Florida State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire and Arson are investigating the fire in Westville that left four homeless on Aug. 7.

According to the report this was the third of a series of fires at the residence, with fires also on July 10 and July 13.

During the investigation arson was suspected and a suspect was identified and after a series of interviews the suspect admitted to starting all three fires inside the residence, according to the report.

The suspect was transported to a mental health facility for treatment and the investigation is still ongoing.

Previous story:

WESTVILLE - In the early morning hours, even before sunrise on Aug. 7 a Westville family of four lost their home to a terrible blaze however there were no injured. According resident Gail Tate, mother of five, the fire started before 5:30 that morning at their residence located on the intersection of County Road 163 and Peacock Lane in Westville.

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