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State Fire Marshal’s Office Arrests Serial Arsonist in Pensacola


Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413 – 2842

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, which operates under the direction of the Florida Department of Financial Services and CFO Jeff Atwater, today announced the arrest of David McIntyre, 37, for a structure fire set in the Pensacola area.

On November 2nd, State Fire Marshal investigators from the Pensacola field office responded to and conducted a fire examination at 2009 East Olive Road in Pensacola. A building located near the rear of Ruth’s Uniforms had burned and investigators determined that the fire had been intentionally.  A neighborhood canvas identified McIntyre as a possible suspect and witness statements led to an arrest warrant being filed for his arrest. Days later, he was arrested for arson without incident, bond was set at $50,000, and McIntyre was ordered to wear a GPS monitor until trial.

During the defendant interview process, McIntyre was questioned about and admitted to several other fires that had occurred in previous years in the Pensacola area. Additional charges related to these fires are forthcoming.

They include:

• Ruth's Uniforms, located at 2009 East Olive Road in Pensacola
• Attitude’s Bar, located at 100 East 9 Mile Road in Pensacola
• Residential fire, located at 8146 Binkley Street in Pensacola
• Knight's Inn Hotel, located at 5829 Pensacola Boulevard in Pensacola
• Hope's Treasures, located at 43 West 9 Miles Road in Ensley

If convicted, David McIntyre faced 20 years in prison.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office investigates arson-related fires in Florida. If you suspect arson, report it to the Arson Tip Hotline by calling 1-877-662-7766.

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).