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Man accused of setting two home fires

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By Cheri Harris

On Sunday, Dec. 1, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office asked the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate a mobile home fire located at 467 River Road in Havana. 

According to a press release from the fire marshal’s office, this is what happened: SFM Detective Chris Scovotto responded to the scene and conducted an origin-and-cause investigation, which revealed the fire originated in a bedroom. The fire was determined to be incendiary in nature and classified as arson. Follow-up investigation revealed that a suspect, Eric Jackson, was inside the residence just minutes before to the fire started. Probable cause was developed and Jackson was located at a residence on Fairbanks Ferry Road. Jackson, 43, was taken into custody and transported to the Gadsden County Jail. Jackson arrested on a charge of one count of arson.

Approximately 20 minutes after the Gadsden County fire was reported, another fire was reported to the Tallahassee Fire Department. TFD responded to 14861 Fairbanks Ferry Road and discovered a mobile home on fire. The fire was extinguished without incident or injury. This location is only a few miles away in Leon County. SFM Det. Chris Scovotto also conducted an origin-and-cause investigation and it was determined that the fire originated in a bedroom area. The fire was determined to be incendiary in nature and classified as arson. Follow-up investigation revealed that this home belonged to Jacksons’ ex-girlfriend. Follow-up investigation is 

ongoing.